Update: More Assassin's Creed Valhalla footage has made its way online, this time in the form of a boss fight against some kind of witch. The video's already been taken down, but we got a good look at it.
First off, this seems to be a newer build of the game -- it's not quite as janky as the previous leaked footage. It's also running at 60 frames-per-second, although the button prompts aren't PlayStation -- this is almost certainly the PC version.
Again, though, the big takeaway here is that it looks a lot like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, except you've now got a stamina bar. The fight goes on for around five minutes and the enemy has a huge health bar. As you chip away, numbers come flying out of the boss. This is still very much an action RPG.
This new leak also shows Eivor's skill tree, which strongly resembles the skill trees from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Our opinion? It looks okay -- but then we really like Odyssey. Having said that, we expected a bigger leap as the series moves into the next generation. This footage doesn't exactly wow since it seems so familiar. But of course, it's always hard to make judgements based on videos alone. We'll have to see how the open world title holds up when it launches later this year.
Original Story: 30 whole minutes of Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay has somehow hit the net. The footage first showed up on YouTube before it was swiftly removed by Ubisoft. Since then, it's been reuploaded multiple times, but the publisher's pushing hard to get all of these videos taken down. As such, we don't have an embedded video for you, but if you want to see the gameplay for yourself, your best bet is probably this Reddit thread.
In any case, we'll do our best to describe what we saw. For starters, this footage is taken from an early build of the upcoming open worlder. Animations lack weight, there are missing sound effects, and everything feels just a little bit off. Overall, though, it looks a lot like Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
The gameplay shows main character Eivor travelling across the countryside before taking on a quest where she attacks a fort with a small army. Eivor is wielding an axe in each hand and can throw them at enemies. She also has access to a bunch of special abilities, present in the bottom left of the screen, which are mapped to different buttons just like in Odyssey.
It's hard to really take too much away from this footage, especially since the player doesn't seem to be very familiar with how things work, but it's still a pretty significant leak. We're expecting an official look at Valhalla very soon, at Ubisoft's digital event on the 12th July.