The latest Assassin's Creed Valhalla trailer is all about the inner turmoil of protagonist and Viking leader Eivor - in this case, the male Eivor.
Eivor leads his clan of Vikings to England in search of a new home, but plenty more pushes them forward. As you'd expect from Assassin's Creed, there's a supernatural backdrop to elements of Valhalla's historical fiction, not to mention constant signs that Eivor's search for peace leads them to a bloodier search for glory.
The trailer's ominous narrator prophesies Eivor's internal conflicts and potential ruination. "I see conquest," she says, giving off big witchdoctor energy. "I see your enemies. Your struggles. Your doubts. Glory awaits you, Eivor, but it will cost you everything. I can see all of it. Blood and flame, loyalty and family, betrayal, hunger. There is a war within you, and glory will not be enough."
Scarcity is at the heart of Assassin's Creed Valhalla (opens in new tab)'s conflicts. It's what drives Eivor and their clan to England in the first place, and it's also what pushes them to clash with the English over riches and resources. This is a major factor in Eivor's decisions, but seemingly not the only one. A variety of quests and decisions affect the growth of your clan's settlement and its position within English society, and Eivor's choices as leader feed into all of them. It'll be interesting to see how broadly those choices branch, and how Ubisoft balances them with the story it's trying to tell.
For more juicy worldbuilding, hear narrative director Darby McDevitt and lead systems designer Marc-Antoine Pietri explain how the world of Assassin's Creed Valhalla was carved from history, myths, and mayhem (opens in new tab).