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Assassins Creed Valhalla Combat Will Have More Impact; Animal Companions

Assassins Creed Valhalla will be set in one of the most tumultuous times in the history of mankind: the Viking Era. What that also means is that the combat will be bloody, rough, brutal, and impactful. Actually, that is what the development team of the game is aiming for: to make sure that combat has more impact. Creative director Ashraf Ismail discusses more detail on the evolution of combat in this iteration.

Assassins Creed Valhalla combat is evolved

Ismail revealed that the combat system has been renewed so that it will show how brutal and visceral the time period of the weaponry during the ninth century specifically with the Vikings. The team made sure to give more effort into making sure there was sense of impact in battles. The combat system is quite flexible this time around where even wielding two shields is possible. Of course there are other weapons too like bearded axes, dane axes, flails, and swords.

Another improvement in the game is the third element in it, which is the evolution of the variety of enemies. They can make use of the environment against the protagonist to their advantage. The team wanted to make sure that even if players have been playing for quite some time now, they will still experience new stuff in the game especially with enemy combat.

Pet companions spotted

Ismail somewhat confirmed that there will be different kinds of animal companions that will be present in Valhalla. He did not give any more specifics, but he did say that the wolves in the recent cinematic trailer were one of the pets. He also hinted that there will be different animals helping the hero along the journey and it will depend on the specific journey.

Combat will definitely be a plus in this iteration with so many improvements seen already in previous titles since the first one. Also the addition of animal companions will further improve combat and the variety of ways to defeat or dispose an enemy has risen. It is an Assassins Creed game after all.

Assassins Creed Valhalla will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, and PC via Epic Games Store.

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