For its latest installment, released on November 10, the series of Assassin’s Creed tackles the Middle Ages, a period little explored by the license. England in the era of the Viking invasions offers a rich setting, if not the most original, for a new successful historical immersion, according to this British daily.
This year 2020 has been particularly turbulent, but we can always count on Assassin’s Creed to relax the atmosphere. Let’s see what these weirdos of historians from Ubisoft have concocted for us for this very enticing part of the series, edition Valhalla… We are in Peterborough [dans le centre de l’Angleterre], that’s it ? Or in Norwich [dans l’Est], in the middle Ages ?
I have absolutely nothing against beautiful cathedrals, rolling plains and peri-urban parking areas, but after twelve months of living to the rhythm of Brexit, Covid-19, forest fires and after the cancellation of the competition of the ‘Eurovision, I expected something a little less gloomy and muddy than an obstacle course from this breathtaking action-adventure series with almost historical precision, including the latest opus [Odyssey, en 2018] had taken us to Atlantis.
Bell towers and drakkars
The early hours of the game immerse you in the frozen political intrigue of 9th-century Norway, where Viking warrior Eivor crosses the blizzard from island to island and connects serious conversations about the future of his clan. (It is possible to play as Eivor in male or female version, or to alternate between the two during the game [Voir encadré ci-dessous]. For my part, I chose the female version.) This long prologue ends with the decision of Eivor and his brother, Sigurd, to go and try their luck in England. Which is a wise decision.
Because everything is better for them as soon as they set foot on English soil. Apart from the weather. Eivor and Sigurd found the colony of Ravensthorpe,
Few female assassins
“The main female characters don’t sell in the video game.” ScreenRant abstract thus the argument opposed by the marketing services of Ubisoft – “Despite numerous examples suggesting the contrary” – to its own creators, who would like to offer a headlining heroine. Former screenwriters and developers spoke on Twitter to denounce the confinement of female assassins to minor parts of the series, spin-offs. The choice between a female or male version for Odyssey as for Valhalla is therefore a hard-won compromise, and very little discussed in the trailers. Sign of the slow evolution of the culture of a company which, recalls the specialized site, was pointed out this summer with the revelation of testimonies of sexual harassment.
Independence and quality characterize this title born in 1821, which houses some of the country’s most respected columnists. The Guardian is the leading journal for the intelligentsia, teachers and trade unionists. Oriented to