We are only a month away from Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed: Valhalla being released, as well as the new generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles. With everything being so close, I wonder what features will be returning or new to the Viking-set game. In saying that, there is one feature that I am hopeful will return.
Now, before I begin, I need to warn you that this isn’t a key feature but it was fun at times. The feature I’m referring to was prominent in the three Ezio Assassins Creed games but was later forgotten. However, I did get to enjoy it all again when Assassins Creed: Ezio Collection, the remastered version of Assassins Creed II, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood and Assassins Creed: Revelations.
What is this feature? Well, it’s a feature that still exists but has been significantly limited in recent games. The feature that I’m referring to is the “database access,” a feature that enabled the player to read-up on the story of a character you meet while playing. Now, as I said, this is a feature that still exists for main characters that you meet but in the Ezio games, this was a feature that allowed the player to delve into the story of less important people too.
As I said, this isn’t a vital feature but it was interesting most of the time. With main characters, it gives you a glimpse into the lives of the character outside of the game’s story, which includes their entire life after the events of the game too. This applies to the random people you meet too, which can often be quite interesting.
I mean, we all know a little at the very least about people like Leonardo da Vinci or Sophocles but how much do you know about the random man that was helping Ezio and Leonardo unload bags when Ezio first came to Venice? I use this as an example as he was a very unimportant character that only appeared in one scene but still had a database story.
Due to a little curiosity, I decided to click on the database story about him. What I discovered was a tale about a man who joined the navy, became a drunk and fell off a ship during an expedition due to excessive drinking. Furthermore, his name was later removed from all navy records because of his embarrassment to the navy as being a drunk.
I know, it’s a useless story but there were many of these like this and that included for buildings as well as characters. As I said, this is still a feature now but severely limited in recent games and I am hopeful that the feature returns in the upcoming Assassins Creed: Valhalla.