After a hype-filled reveal last week and the debut of gorgeous in-engine gameplay at the Inside Xbox stream, heading out to pre-order Assassin's Creed Valhalla is suddenly at the top of our to-do list. With that in mind, we've been looking into which versions are available and how to get hold of them.
First things first, the release date is this very year - happily, the game is scheduled for a Holiday 2020 release crossing this and the next generation of consoles. That means those who pre-order Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be playing the game by Christmas. Which is just as well; the drop of that cinematic Assassin's Creed Valhalla reveal trailer has us more than a little excited, especially because we've been on a diet of game delays over the past few months.
Coming clean from the top: retailer links are trickling in right now so actually nailing down your Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-order might be tricky in these early hours. However, the trickle will soon become a flood and we will be updating this as fast as we can, in berserker mode, to make sure the latest prices and deals and pre-order links are here to ensure you get the best Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-order for you.
If you need reminding what's on offer from getting an Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-order in then, well, be reminded! Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set in the ninth century when Norse tribes started making more trips over the North Sea to Anglo-Saxon England. Players take on the role of Eivor, leading people to a new land in the search for a new home. There's going to be deadly raiding parties, massive battles, and the opportunity to build up your own prosperous settlement, all within the historical backdrop of ninth-century England - the Dark Ages, but also a time of transition as culture edged toward being Medieval.
As a result of this extraordinary hype and excitement now is the best time to prime yourself on what's available and how to pre-order Assassin's Creed Valhalla. You'll get extra benefits if you do - notably a free bonus mission, The Way of the Berserker - as well as that glorious benefit of being able to play as early as possible on day one.
There are going to be four editions. The first three are the usual suspects from Ubisoft in the usually 'grading' of their editions: Ultimate; Gold; and Standard. However, there's also a Ubisoft Store-exclusive Collector's Edition. Whatever you fancy, this is the place to swot up on the ins and outs of an Assassin's Creed Valhalla. As things stand today, the next-gen versions aren't up for pre-order yet.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-orders - Standard Edition
The most modest version of the game, but still one that will likely fly off the shelves faster than the most delicious hotcakes. Pre-order Assassin's Creed Valhalla in the Standard Edition form and you get the standard game and The Way of the Berserker mission. That's all we know right now; though if Ubi announce any other pre-order bonuses that will come with the Standard Edition then we will update this part of the page as well as our constant checking of retailers' pages. Here's what's live right now in terms of retailer pre-ordering:
US Assassin's Creed Valhalla Standard Edition pre-order links
UK Assassin's Creed Valhalla Standard Edition pre-order links
Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-orders - Gold Edition
The Gold Edition of you Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-order will shed the weight of the Ultimate Edition's Ultimate Pack, thus giving you just the base game but retaining that glorious Season Pass - the key to potentially awesome DLC down the line following release.
US Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gold Edition pre-order links
UK Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gold Edition pre-order links
Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-orders - Ultimate Edition
The Ultimate Edition is a big way to nail down your Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-order. In it, you'll get the game, the season pass, and the appropriately named Ultimate Pack. Expect this to be a pretty penny at launch as Odyssey's was well North of the three-figure mark. As a note, for now, the Ultimate Edition is exclusive to GameStop in the US and Game in the UK.
The Ultimate Pack comes with the following items:
- A Berserker Gear Pack
- A Berserker Settlement Pack
- A Berserker Longship Pack
- Set of Runes for gear upgrades
US Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition pre-order links
UK Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition pre-order links
Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-orders - Collector's Edition
The biggest beast of them all comes directly from, and exclusive to, the Ubisoft Store. It contains everything in the Ultimate Edition (the game, season pass and Ultimate Pack as well as a whole host of awesome physical goodies and, well, collectibles. Inside it is:
- Ubicollectibles 30cm statue of Elvor and her longship
- Collector's case
- Steel book case
- 5 cm Statuette of Eivor with his Raven and Dane axe
- Exclusive lithographs
- Selected soundtrack
- A numbered certificate of authenticity
Given it's sheer quantity of coolness and it's exclusivity to the Ubisoft Store, I expect it to be a sizeable investment - but one I'm still tempted to make.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-orders - Collectibles
Though often exclusive to big Collector's Editions like the one above, this time around there are Assassin's Creed figurines and replica hidden blades available to preorder at retailers. And these ones look exquisite. The bad news is that there are no US links to pre-order these goodies as of yet, though we will update that as soon as we can.
UK Assassin's Creed Valhalla Collectibles links
Getting the most out of Assassin's Creed Valhalla
There is no doubt that the very best way to play Assassin's Creed Valhalla is going to be with an enhanced gaming setup, one that's as optimized as is possible for you to obtain. This means, at the very least, eyeing up one of the best PS4 Pro deals or the best Xbox One X deals available to ensure you have the top console model of your choice. While we don't know the deals and bundles that the PS5 price or Xbox Series X price is going to create, it's best to go for the current top console or machine, given the game is being made for next-gen consoles.
Alternatively, consider one of the best PC gaming machines in the shape of the best gaming PCs or best gaming laptops to make sure you get the most out of the detail, textures, and fidelity of modern games' audio profiles. You'll also need to see the details of the world perfectly too with one of the best gaming monitors or best gaming TVs.
And finally, ensure you have a gaming sound system to immerse yourself into the Old English landscape and seascape in your living room or gaming room, or one of the best PS4 headsets, best Xbox headsets, or one of the best PC headsets for gaming.
It's a fair bit of kit to potentially consider but if you get any combination of these great quality items and your experience of the game will only be nearer the best it can be.
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