Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s narrative director has confirmed that players can choose their character, picking between a man and a woman. However, while Odyssey’s two characters were canonically separate individuals, Valhalla has just one main character, Eivor. This Viking warrior is leader of their clan, and their gender will be determined by you at the start of the game.
No matter which gender you choose, you will take up the name of Eivor. You’ll be able to customise their hair, tattoos, war paint, and gear as well as influence political and combat decisions. Dialogue choices will also make a comeback — choosing between protecting your clan’s home and the future. Unfortunately, Ubisoft hasn’t shared what the female protagonist looks like just yet, but we’re happy in the fact that we will be able to play as a woman once more with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Ubisoft didn’t show off the female version of Eivor in the trailer, we can already get a good look at her thanks to the Collector’s Edition. It will include the Ultimate Edition of the game, a tiny male Eivor statuette, a soundtrack and some other odds and ends, but they all pale in comparison to this badass female Eivor figurine, standing on the prow of her longship presumably yelling curses at cowardly Saxons.
According to IGN, The key difference between Odyssey’s and Valhalla’s approach is that in Odyssey, Alexios and Kassandra are two different characters; both exist within the world, and the character you don’t pick becomes an NPC. In Valhalla you play the same character, Eivor, but choose if they are male or female. By McDevitt’s comment, it seems like Valhalla will reveal the nuances of its approach to canon when we can finally play it in Holiday 2020.
Male Eivor is played by Magnus Bruun, and female Eivor is played by Cecilie Stenspil. Both are Danish actors, with Brunn having played Cnut in Viking show The Last Kingdom.
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