With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla just around the corner, tons of fans are wondering whether the new game will launch on PS5.
But the big question is, did the epic PS5 Showcase give us any answers! Here’s what we found out.
Will it be a PS5 launch title?
The PS5 is now officially releasing on the 12 November and 19 November, depending on where you are in the world.
The console will be coming out on 12 November for US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and 19 November for the rest of the world.
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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coinciding with the launch of Xbox Series X, so it seems that while it will be available at launch for PS5, it is not a ‘launch title’ as it were.
But does this matter? Well, no. The game will be released across a number of platforms and is not an exclusive, so a couple days of waiting won’t really hurt anyone!
Ubisoft had initially set the release date for 17 November 2020.
However, they brought it forward to 10 November 2020, to coincide with the Xbox Series X launch!
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on PS5 will cost £59.99.
If you head over to the Ubisoft store you’ll see prices for Xbox One, PC, and PS4. When you buy the game on PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to upgrade it to PS5 or Xbox Series X at no additonal cost. You can also pre-order the game now!
There are a ton of new features set to appear in the game, and many enhancements to existing gameplay mechanics too. Here are a few worth mentioning.
You’ll get to take part in Viking raids for resources and supplies. You’ll come up against fortresses, which you’ll have to take to ensure victory.
You can build and manage your own settlements and clans in the title. We don’t know the full details just yet, but it looks like there will be a ton of depth to be had here.
Hidden Blades return
As per the trailers, the main character will be able to use the hidden blades once more! A fan favourite, it’s not the only thing Ubisoft has listened to fans about…
In previous games, you’d have to reach a certain level to unlock the next mission. That will be done away with for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, meaning you’ll get to experience the game in the way you want to.
PS5 Loading times
Sony has made some big promises about the PS5, and it is backed up by the hardware that will be inside the new console.
The specs list is truly remarkable…
- CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU Architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory/Interface: 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
- Memory Bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Internal Storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- IO Throughput: 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
- Expandable Storage: NVMe SSD Slot
What does all that mean? Thankfully our friends over at Stealth Optional were able to explain.
Sony are not going for raw power, though that isn’t lacking, but instead the ability to load an ungodly amount of data extremely quickly. The PS5 will be able to load 2GB of data in a quarter of a second. That is truly ridiculous.
For Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla it means any fast travel will truly be FAST TRAVEL. No waiting for the world to load in or getting a cut scene to watch as you move from point to point. In fact, Sony may even have to slow things down at first as developers adjust to the speed of the new console.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer
The first trailer for the next instalment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise was released on Thursday, 30 April. It’s pretty epic, so worth checking out below.
Ubisoft released 30 minutes of gameplay at Ubisoft Forward. Take a look below for even more footage of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in action.
We can’t wait to see more!
Leon Joseph is just a few years into his journalist career, but has already had pieces published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Game Spot. In regards to academics, Leon earned a degree in business from Texas State. Leon has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in the gaming industry.