Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – New Story Details From Narrative Director Darby McDevitt
One of the first thing this trailer reveals is that Eivor has a sibling. What can you tell us about that relationship? Odyssey made your sibling one of the main antagonists; can we expect them to play a pivotal role here as well?
Darby McDevitt: Yes. Sigurd Styrbjornson is Eivor’s brother by adoption. After the death of Eivor’s parents at a young age, Eivor was taken in by Sigurd’s father, King Styrbjorn of Forberg. Sigurd is five years Eivor’s senior and has helped mold Eivor into the warrior we know today. As the son of a King, Sigurd expects to follow in his father’s footsteps and lead their clan with Eivor as his right hand.
The trailer highlights the many different facets of Eivor. How did you ensure the character is multi-dimensional? Did you draw influence from any other characters or people?
DM: After taking a trip to Norway, immersing ourselves in the Viking ethos, and diving into classic Old Norse literature, we opted to create Eivor as an exemplar of what we felt was a particularly Nordic sensibility – possessed by a deep sense of honor, devoted to family, unflappable in times of strife, unwilling to suffer fools, and possessed of a gallows humor. Both have a penchant for spitting poetry when the mood strikes them, and both have an unshakable sense of honor when it comes to oaths and a person’s reputation.
How much will players get to influence who Eivor is?
DM: Eivor is a fixed character with a consistent personality. However, players will have many opportunities to shape the outcome of scenes and stories based on how they direct Eivor to respond in conversation. All of these choices are consistent with Eivor’s personality, depending on the situation.
It seems like Sigurd has just returned from a trip bearing the Hidden Blade and is accompanied by Assassins. Where was he, and what was he up to? Of particular interest to him was the Hidden Ones’ wrist blade, one of which he gifts to Eivor. Gift-giving was an important custom among the Norse, and it is through this exchange we see how deeply Sigurd respects Eivor. As for what the Hidden Ones think about this gift exchange, you’ll have to play the game to find out.
We get another look at King Aelfred here and the first look at a new faction, the Sons of Ragnar. What can you tell us about them and how they’ll factor into the story?
DM: Aelfred is the proud and powerful King of Wessex, the only kingdom in England to successfully hold its own against the Viking invasions. The Sons of Ragnar – Ivarr, Ubba, and Halfdan – have been in England for over five years now, vowing revenge on the kingdoms and men who murdered their father. Each of the Sons of Ragnar has a unique and compelling personality – Ivarr is wild and unpredictable, a fading rock star; Ubba is stalwart and steady with dreams of a pacified England for Danes and Saxons alike; and Halfdan is a kingly figure – wise, powerful, and yet paranoid that all his earthly gains will come to nothing in the end.
We’ve seen before that Eivor can build alliances with Kings of various regions; can alliances be formed with anyone? Or are some people enemies no matter what? DM: All alliances in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are governed by the stories we tell, not by a game system. There is some variability in which alliances Eivor can make, but they are largely fixed by the stories we are telling.
Sep 30, 2020 at 03:31