Ubisoft wants to teach you about the history of Vikings before Assassins Creed: Valhalla is released on November 10th with its new podcast called Echoes of Valhalla. All five episodes are now available on Spotify, with Ubisoft describing the documentary series as “the first immersive audio historical documentary series in audio for Assassin’s Creed.” However, do you need to listen to it before playing the game?
Well, technically, you can do whatever you like but this podcast will give you a better understanding of Vikings invading England. With the help of experts, comedians and “reconstructed scenes,” it delves into various aspects of Viking life, such as shipbuilding, military strategy and the role of women.
In saying that though, I feel that a bot of research on the Vikings before playing a game like Assassins Creed: Valhalla is pretty important. Just from my experiences alone, knowing a bit about history and some historical figures makes the Assassins Creed games all the more interesting with constant easter eggs thrown at us.
However, if you’re unfamiliar with the historical setting, these easter eggs might simply go over your head. For example, in Assassins Creed: Unity, there were some hints that Ubisoft was going to soon explore Egypt. These hints were made through some minor comments from Napoleon. Although, the players who know a little bit about Napoleon’s career, knew for quite some time that Egypt was coming and it did just that three years later with Assassins Creed: Origins.
Again, nothing is compulsory but listening to these documentaries will most likely make the whole experience much better. The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory, a prequel tale for the game is another thing for players to enjoy before playing the game.