We first learned about a potential viking-themed Assassin's Creed last year during the Summer but a new leak has just offered us knew details about what the alleged Assassin's Creed Ragnarok, thanks to Amazon and GameStop. While Assasssin's Creed Ragnarok hasn't officially been revealed by Ubisoft yet, it looks like an unveiling could be coming sooner rathe than later if these leaks are anything to go by.
The first leak appeared on Amazon thanks to its Germany site with a full product listing for Assassin's Creed Ragnarok and its Standard, Gold, and Valhalla Editions. There was also mention of a Mjolnir Edition, though nothing too specific about what that would entail. GameStop also had a similar leak, which makes us think this is much more than a simple blunder.
We had more information thanks to previous leaks, (via ResetEra), that the speculated project codenamed “Kingdom” will very much lean into its Norse-themed mythology. As for the adventure itself, it’s said that players will again assume the role of a blade-wielding assassin character, this time following historically-ambiguous ruler Ragnar Lodbrok and the origins of the Great Heathen Army.
Keeping in line with its ancient setting, Ragnarok seems to be going for a more grounded approach to Norse lore; focusing a bit less on the First Civilization than in previous Assassin’s Creed games such as Odyssey, and going for a much larger focus on exploration. This new aim tones down series staples such as map navigation and ship combat, with players instead encouraged to discover missions and loot in a way compared to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, it seems the game won’t be completely devoid of First Civilization hooey as it’s said Thor’s thunderous hammer Mjolnir is stated as making an in-game appearance.
When it comes to gameplay, the series’ recent RPG influences are said to make a return, this time paired with a larger emphasis on building and crafting items. Co-op is also mentioned in the leak, with multiple users able to participate in “most” of the game’s side quests as well as general world exploration. Wearable gear is also alleged to allow users to change their clothing “on the fly” and subsequently get the game’s various local Sheriffs off players’ scent.
The previous leaks went on to describe Ragnarok’s world, which may turn out to be the biggest in the series yet. The map is supposedly packed with numerous kingdoms across several countries such as Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Each of the kingdoms are made up of multiple regions, these being further broken down into settlements, where its said players can engage in varied “customization and in game economy systems.” Included in this expanse is the return of “conquest” battles, a way to “weaken enemy hold on regions and parts of the story.”
The rumors also suggest that Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok is set to become a cross-generation title aiming for release on current hardware as well as future consoles such as the PlayStation 5. Ubisoft Montreal is said to be the studio behind the project with AC Origins creative director Ashraf Ismail and AC Black Flag narrative director Darby McDevitt. Additionally, the leak says that fellow studio Ubisoft Sofia is planning to create DLC for the game, one specifically set in Iceland where players would use the Norse world tree Yggdrasil to traverse the 9 realms.
It will be interesting to see if this comes to fruition. Both a viking-themed game and feudal Japan seem to be the forerunners for potential next titles. With Odyssey being such a phenomenal success for the studio, we hope to see them expand upon that even further in exciting new ways.