Assassin's Creed: Valhalla has magic mushrooms, decapitations, and "a mission taking place in a brothel"

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The Assassin's Creed Valhalla (opens in new tab) ESRB age rating reveals it's likely going to be just as raunchy and visceral as its 2018 predecessor, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (opens in new tab), when it comes to its graphic content.

The newly published listing (opens in new tab) from the official regulatory body has rated Ubisoft's upcoming open world game as "M for Mature", and its summary for the decision provides more details about what we can expect this November. 

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The description confirms much of what we already knew, including the fact that "combat is highlighted by screams of pain and frequent blood-splatter effects", while "some weapons allow players to decapitate enemies [and] zoomed-in sequences depict victims' bones, organs, and muscles getting damaged by players' blade."

More interesting, however, is the reference to the game's sexual material, including "a mission taking place in a brothel; topless women straddling men [and] a character agreeing to “lay with” a man." 

In addition, the ESRB states that "a handful of sequences depict screen distortion/discoloration and impaired movements after players' character consumes mushrooms or inhales mushroom-based fumes", suggesting Ubisoft's trend for drug-induced hallucinations aren't going anywhere with the next iteration of Assassin's Creed. 

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla launches for PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5 (opens in new tab), and Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) on November 17 later this year, with a free next-gen upgrade available to anyone who purchases a copy of the game on their current gen console first. 

Excited for the upcoming Viking adventure? Here's where you can preorder Assassin's Creed Valhalla (opens in new tab), or watch below for our hands-on preview of the upcoming RPG.

Alex Avard

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