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Assassin's Creed Valhalla's female character is revealed

The next chapter in the Templar-battlin' franchise is slated for the end of 2020.

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The female protagonist of Assassin's Creed Valhalla was revealed by the Collector's Edition statue.


If you've always wanted to live like a Viking, your chance is coming later this year. The trailer for Assassin's Creed Valhalla dropped Thursday, showing an English king setting up a declaration of war against the Norse people. You can also play as a female protagonist if you wish -- that version of the character was revealed as game's fancy Collector's Edition statue.

The setting of the next Assassin's Creed video game was revealed in a livestream Wednesday. The trailer also shows Vikings in a more human light, sparing a woman and child mid-pillage and playing with their own kids.

The game's main character, Eivor, can be male or female -- the former is voiced by Danish actor Magnus Bruun (from Netflix show The Last Kingdom), while the latter is played by Cecilie Stenspil (whose career includes theater, TV and movies).

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Ubisoft hosted a nearly 4-hour-long livestream of artist BossLogic working on a piece of art that slowly revealed the setting of the game. We got early glimpses of an icy sea and fighting below a castle, with the final scene dominated by a figure dressed in furs and holding a large ax.

The Assassin's Creed franchise is an action-adventure series from Ubisoft about a sect of robed assassins who fight a group called the Templars across history.

This new release follows 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which was set in Ancient Greece.

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