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Assassin's Creed Valhalla will let you explore major UK cities like London, Winchester, and York across four different Kingdoms

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla (opens in new tab) takes place in an open-world setting that will let players explore major cities in England across four different kingdoms. 

In a BBC Click interview (opens in new tab), Marc Cieslak spoke to Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail about the upcoming adventure, during which Ismail shed some more light on the game's setting. 

Set in the 9th Century which is often referred to as the Dark Ages, Valhalla takes place in Norway and England, but for the majority of the game players will be exploring the landscapes and sights of four different kingdoms in England. 

"Norway is quite big on its own," Ismail says, "but if we talk about England specifically, that's where the majority of the game takes place. We have four kingdoms in England so it's Northumbria, East Anglia, Mercia, and Wessex. We have major cities like Winchester, London, York - or Jorvik at the time period." 

In what Ismail describes as an "incredible period in history," players will be taking on the role of a Viking by the name of Eivor who leads his people to resettle in England. But of course, it won't be smooth sailing, and plenty of bloody battles are no doubt in Eivor's future. With new features including raiding and assembling raiding parties on longships, Valhalla will be fit to bursting with Viking action. 

We already know the latest Assassin's Creed will present you with the choice to play as a man or a woman protagonist (opens in new tab), and will feature plenty of RPG elements (opens in new tab) to tuck into, as well as customisable mercenaries who can be sent on raids elsewhere to help your pals (opens in new tab). While we've only seen glimpses from the cinematic trailer so far, the news that gameplay will debut during Xbox Series X stream next week (opens in new tab), it'll be interesting to see just how much of the setting will be shown. 

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