Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok leak hints at 4-player co-op, story details, Vikings

Ubisoft isn't known as a developer that manages to keep secrets very well.

Sadly, the developer and publisher frequently sees the gaming projects it's working on leak ahead of their official reveals – and its latest title could be subject to the same pre-emptive unveiling.

Assassin's Creed Ragnarok has been a common theme in internet message boards for a while now, and though Ubisoft hasn't actually announced the title, there are many rumours about the game already in circulation.

Today, we've seen what is perhaps the biggest, most extensive leak we've seen in the game to date… though we're not entirely sure how true any of it is.

So take all the information below (courtesy of PlunderBunker on ResetEra ) with a hint of salt.

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Here's what the latest rumours state:

GAMEPLAY

  • Up to 4 player drop in drop out co-op like Ghost Recon Wildlands.
  • Player can only play as a single character, Jora, who can be chosen to be male or female.
  • Jora led a small band of 4 during their adventures which is why other players can drop in and out for co-op
  • Continues heavy RPG mechanics now including different classes and mild skill tree changes based on class
  • Combat is upgraded with more weapon types and special abilities for every weapon grouping.
  • Each weapon can have runes added, be upgraded, and durability increased
  • Weapon durability does now come into play, forcing players to use their weapon pool more effectively and forced to manage a smaller inventory that can be upgraded.
  • Replacing adrenaline is a berserker mode which also activates special runes like fire, frost, or lightning damage.
  • Sailing returns is less combat-intensive and more focused on exploration and travel including being able to navigate tight rivers and wetlands.
  • Parkour is upgraded with tree climbing and new animations.
  • The hidden blade is back and is far more customizable in terms of cosmetics. Can be upgraded to kill in one stab.
  • Stealth is upgraded by having physical stealth skills such as hiding in mud, snow, crouching in bushes, hiding in bales of hay, etc.
  • New Reputation system based on quests completed for people in cities, the town officials etc.
  • Some quests and story missions can only be completed after reaching a certain reputation with kingdoms.
  • Conquest battles return to help capture some settlements from templars and players can approach them in a variety of ways.
  • Players can also find battles between warring kingdoms occurring dynamically throughout the world.
  • Multiple settlements throughout the world can be captured and controlled for trade and currency gains.
  • Players can organize large scale raids of forts and cities with nearby Viking camps.

STORY

  • The assassins are believed to have a connection to Odin and dub their raven as Odin sight.
  • The game begins in 845 CE at the siege of Paris with you playing as Jora’s father, Rorik who’s an ally of the Viking leader Ragnar.
  • Jora becomes a thane to Ragnar allowing the settlement system and we then follow him to Northumbria where the templar Aella kills Ragnar.
  • Jora returns to Ragnar's sons where the army is formed to combat the templars that control most of Europe
  • Follows most of the invasion and war, becoming allies with Alfred, conquer Kyiv, help roll in Normandy, and overthrow Fat Charles in France.
  • Then a templar named Bjorn has an Eden piece that’s like a knife that gives him control over Vikings and tries to invade England again.

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OPEN WORLD

  • The map is massive. Like all of northern Europe.
  • Includes big cities such as York, London, Paris, and Kyiv. Every kingdom was meant to be really unique.
  • There are a ton of temples that are protected by mythical beasts like a giant snake, a dragon, Kraken, and a giant.
  • No level locked regions and content.

We'll be able to see how accurate this information is in February 2020 – where the leaker notes that the game will be revealed "at the upcoming PlayStation event."

Apparently, the game will launch on "29 September 2020."

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