Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok is reportedly the next mainline Assassin’s Creed game, if recent leaks are to be believed. Thanks to alleged Amazon and GameStop item listings, we can surmise a few things about the next installment in the long-running franchise. What’s next for Ubisoft’s biggest franchise? Read on below to find out what we know, and what our best guesses are. If you want to stay completely spoiler-free on certain (unconfirmed) story details, skip past the appropriate sections.
Keep in mind though that Ubisoft has yet to confirm any such information, so take everything with one seriously large grain of salt.
Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok Release Date
Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed AC Ragnarok’s existence yet, much less a release date. That said, like many big-budget video games of its kind, it’s likely to release somewhere between October and early December to line up with the holiday season. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey released on October 5, 2018, while its predecessor Assassin’s Creed Origins released on October 27, 2017. Ubisoft likes to get things out a little ahead of the usual November deluge (where the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield usually reign), so don’t be shocked if we see preview coverage sometime around E3 2020 and then a strong leadup to mid-October.
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According to the leaked info, Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok will be on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and then also the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Ubisoft has not confirmed any such details.
When does Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok take place?(Possible spoilers follow)
Judging from the leaks, Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok will take place in the Viking era. According to leaked information shared on Reddit, AC Ragnarok will start in or around 845 CE, during the Viking-led siege of Paris.
The period between 800 CE and about 900 CE were heavily characterized by these Viking incursions. According to the leaked info, the meat of the game will start during 863 CE with a character named Jora, who can be either male or female.
As is customary for Assassin’s Creed games, we’ll meet a number of broadly defined historical figures. According to the leak, the player character will meet King of Wessex Alfred, Rollo, the first ruler of Normandy, and Charles the Fat, the emperor of the Carolingian Empire.
What will Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok gameplay be like?Ubisoft hasn’t shown any official gameplay as of yet, and they’ve certainly not confirmed anything from the leaked information. That said, if any of the leaked info is to be believed, there could be a significant number of updates. You can read the full list of leaked (and unconfirmed) gameplay info here, but we’ve whittled it down to what looks to be the most important stuff.
Up to 4-player drop-in/drop-out co-op much like Ghost Recon Wildlands.
New RPG mechanics introduce a new class system and skill tree changes based on that choice. You’ll be able to change your character class.
More weapon types, and weapons can be upgraded with runes, special abilities for certain groups of weapons. Durability will play a role, too.
Rather than adrenaline, players can activate a berserker mode that also activates rune powers based on elemental types - lightning, fire, frost.
Sailing is back, with more focus on exploration than combat.
The hidden blade returns and can be upgraded for one-hit kills.
Stealth is receiving some upgrades, like allowing a player to hide in mud, snow, crouching in bushes, and other hiding options. Players can also hide themselves in crowds of people so long as their clothing doesn’t stick out.
Reputation system based on who, what, and where you conquest.
Conquest battles return.
Battles between independent kingdoms (as in you don’t control them yet) may occur naturally.
Players can organize large-scale raids on forts and large cities, or just go it alone.
Difficulty has been overhauled. Rather than being about enemy health, difficulty will determine your own health, parry times, and enemy reaction times.
Leveling is also getting an overhaul, allowing players to improve their individual skillsets and gain experience in them. The leaked info describes it being similar to The Elder Scross V: Skyrim. This also means that regions being locked by level number is gone.
As for the map, the leaked info says it comprises most or all of northern Europe, including the cites of York, London, Paris, and Kiev.
It’s worth reiterating that none of this information has been confirmed by Ubisoft, so take it all with a huge grain of salt. While past Assassin’s Creed leaks have historically been mostly on the money, that doesn’t mean that any one of these supposed details is really in the game.
Will Layla and Abstergo return?
We don’t know anything about the modern-day portion of Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok quite yet. Odds are it will continue to focus on the character of Layla and her journey with the brotherhood. Interested in more juicy historical details and possible connections? Read how Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok could connect the franchise back to the first Assassin’s Creed game.
Where to get the Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok Special EditionNo information on a special edition or collector’s edition for Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok has been publicly announced, although considering Ubisoft always has at least one special edition for each game, it’s a safe bet they’ll do it again. Historically, the pricier bundles come with a small statue, while the slightly-higher-than-$60 bundles come with extra digital content. We’ll update this section when we know more. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/05/11/a-history-of-assassins-creed-leaks"]
Where can I pre-order Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok?Since the game hasn’t been officially announced, there’s no real way to pre-order it quite yet. Amazon and GameStop were the sources of some of this leaked information, though, so it’s likely the game will appear there and other major retailers. We’ll be updating this section and creating pre-order guides when we know more. If any of this information on Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok proves true, what are you most excited for? Do you think Ragnarok will be a meaningful evolution of the Assassin’s Creed franchise or will it be the same old sneaky stabbing and swordfighting business as usual? Let us know in the comments below. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.