Here we are with a new AC Valhalla gameplay trailer breakdown, and today we’ll talk about the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla locations that appear in the trailers released by Ubisoft and that have been confirmed by various websites.
Basically, we will try to pinpoint each location we have seen in the trailers because they offer more details than you can think of.
To better keep track of these locations we will start with the first trailer released by Ubisoft followed by the second one, and then we will move to other sources.
Our journey, or Eivor’s journey, begins in today’s Kaupang.
In the first trailer released by Ubisoft, we can see the fishing village where Eivor is getting ready for his first raid.
When I saw the first Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer, I instantly remembered the first episode of the Vikings TV series.
If you watched it, then you remember Kattegat, which looks almost identical.
After some research, though, I discovered that Kattegat mentioned in the TV series is, in fact, the name of a sea.
But this is nevertheless important because Kattegat, until 1784, was the only sea route into and out of the Baltic region.
This means that the village in the Vikings TV series was named Kattegat because of its importance and connection to the said sea.
Further research showed me that a similar location like the one in the trailer, if not identical; is today’s city of Kaupang which translates into marketplace.
The images available online show a lot of similarities.
If you ask yourself how we know for sure that this is Kaupang, well, the answer is quite simple.
Kaupang was an important merchant and craft center during the Viking period and the first known Norwegian trading outpost. Kaupang is also home to remains of the oldest Nordic town yet discovered.
Last but not least, it has been described as Norway’s most important monument from the Viking Age. A key location if you want, and also Eivor’s home.
Isle of Sheppey
As Eivor sets sail from Kaupang towards new lands, he reaches the Isle of Sheppey as we know it today.
There are several factors that made me look deeper into this location.
First, the timeframe from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. We know that the events take place in 837.
History tells us that the first major Viking raid took place in 835, although the first recorded raid is the one from Lindisfarne in 793.
The time gap between the attack on Lindisfarne and the year when we start our journey in AC Valhalla is too big, though.
Second, we can see that Eivor is leading his ships upriver. According to geographical sources that river is called the Swale and separates the Isle of Sheppey from the rest of the county of Kent.
Third, we do know that Sheppey became the winter camp of an occupying Viking force, being the first Viking settlement in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex.
Finally, since it belonged to Wessex, during that time period, it was under the rule of Alfred the Great, who appears in the trailer signing the war documents.
This specific location is also important because, according to Ashraf Ismail, the Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Isle of Sheppey will be our home or Eivor’s headquarters.
In a recent tweet, Ashraf Ismail shows us a small inland village with an interesting river in front. That river is most likely the Swale but deeper inland.
Battle of Edington
After Alfred the Great signs the war documents, the first major location we can see in the trailer is a battlefield where Eivor and the Vikings face the Anglo-Saxons.
That, my friends, I believe to be the Battle of Edington, which took place in 878.
Even if it is very hard to identify this location, the Battle of Edington is one of King Alfred’s most brutal fights.
Although Eivor seems to be a winner in the trailer, it is, in fact, King Alfred who won the Battle of Edington.
The second trailer released by Ubisoft reveals even more locations.
The easiest to identify is by far Dover, especially if you visited the United Kingdom.
The White Cliffs of Dover have chalk in composition, and they are quite unique.
I won’t go into details simply because they are very well known.
Hill of Tara
The next location that appears in the second trailer is also iconic but harder to find.
It is a hill with a large vertical stone on top of it.
This is the Hill of Tara, located in today’s Ireland. Specifically in County Meath.
Although we already know that Mercia was part of Great Britain, the soldier holding the flag of Wales simply re-confirms it, which means it is a confirmed location.
Stonehenge & London
Last but not least, we have Stonehenge, which appears in the trailer, and London, which was confirmed by developers.
Great now, so these are the locations that I managed to identify in the trailers; however, there are others that didn’t appear, and I believe they exist in the game.
Season Pass Locations
We already know that the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Season Pass will include the Legend of Beowulf.
We discussed it in one of the breakdowns, and if you didn’t watch it, you can do it here.
This particular Season Pass, as confirmed, will allow us to explore new locations following the legend of the mighty Beowulf.
I believe one of these locations is Gotaland (home of Beowulf), located in the south of today’s Sweden.
Then we get to visit Heorot, where Beowulf fights Grendel and his mother.
Although the location is not known, scholars believe that it is near Roskilde in Denmark.
And finally, we will return to Sweden, but this time to Earnanæs to find out what happened with Beowulf.
Besides the locations I was able to spot, obviously, there are the main areas in the game we all know about and that appear on this map.
This is the Map of England in 878, and on it, we can see in red the territory occupied by the Vikings.
In brown and yellow, we can spot the English territories.
So we can expect, as I said in my video about the game size, a larger map than the one in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Make sure you check that video as well if you missed it.
So, what do you think about the locations we get to explore in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?
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