Assassin's Creed Valhalla Dev Talks About Creating A "Coherent And Complete" Eivor

The game's narrative director says both options--male and female--are valid and will tell a complete story.

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Like Assassin's Creed Odyssey before it, Assassin's Creed Valhalla will allow players to choose to play as a male or female version of the main character, Eivor. In a new video, narrative director Darby McDevitt says you'll get a full story now matter which you choose to play as.

"We want our character, Eivor, to exist in a coherent space and have a coherent personality," McDevitt said. "So that by the time you get to the end of our game no matter which little paths you've taken through our game, you always feel that Eivor was Eivor."

"Whether you choose male or female, and both options are valid in our game, you will always feel that Eivor is coherent and complete," he added. "And I think the result will speak for itself. There's a lot of cool mystery and intrigue around the character Eivor, and we can't wait for you to dive into that mystery."

In Odyssey, the two main characters--Kassandra and Alexios--are siblings. However, it remains to be seen, exactly, how Valhalla will handle explaining the lore behind the two Eivors. Both the male and female Eivor are canon.

Valhalla is due for release later this year as a launch title for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The game will also be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as PC.

Like many Assassin's Creed games, Valhalla is based on real history, but the historians at Ubisoft had to do a little more digging to construct a narrative from the dark ages. At the same time, Ubisoft says it isn't concerned with comparisons to God of War, despite the similarly Norse setting. For more on Valhalla, witness our pre-order guide.

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It would be the easiest thing to explain the "lore" for Eivor's gender. Simply that the DNA was fuzzy and they don't know if Eivor was male or female. Hence, allowing the player to decide.

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@cottonfly: Gonna guess and say Eivor was trans and the animus got confused.

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@gamingdevil800: Ugh I bloody hope not! Lol

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Edited By illegal_peanut

#BringbackthePrince #CanWeGetAnotherPoPgame?

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Odyssey had a hard time making Alexios and Kasandra compelling characters. I think the mistake was adding dialogue options that largely boiled down to nothing more than an up-vote/down-vote button for whatever the NPC just said. I think I'd rather Valhalla ditched the dialogue options entirely, and gave Eivor their own thoughts and opinions that could flesh out the character over the course of the game.

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