Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will use a different type of hidden blade.
As you can see from the cinematic trailer embeded below, Eivor is using a conspicuous version of the “hidden” blade, where the blade can be seen on top of the forearm as opposed to the bottom. In the majority of the titles of the franchise, the protagonist is using the hidden blade from the bottom of his forearm. Why is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla uses this different type of hidden blade?
According to the developers, they decided to rework the concept of the hidden blade in order to better fit Valhalla’s atmosphere. The narrative director, Darby McDevitt said on Twitter that “It is a deliberate decision. It’s something that Eivor feels very strongly about. When he or she gets a hold of this hidden blade, it occurs to Eivor that it would be much more interesting to let people see this weapon, to be conspicuous about it. Vikings were known as having a sense of honor and it was very important that when you killed somebody, that you let people know that you killed them. Oftentimes, people would not be punished for murder if they had a small justification, like say somebody insulted you. They would not be punished for the murder as long as they admitted to it, as long as they stated openly that ‘Yes, I killed that person because we got into combat.’ And so having the hidden blade visible is actually kind of an extension of that honor. We want this conspicuous aspect of the blade to be reflected in the way that Eivor presents him or herself to the world.”
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The only other Assassin that uses the hidden blade like Eivor, is Darius from the Legacy of the First Blade DLC Odyssey’s expansion. Looks like that blades before Alexios and Kassandra were as conspicuous as Valhalla’s. In case you missed it, the developers also stated that the hidden blade will insta-kill the targets like it did in the first titles of the franchise. You won’t have to upgrade it anymore in order to improve its damage.
We have collected all the information that we have on Assassin’s Creed Vallhalla on an “Everything we Know” article. We also made an Assassin’s Creed Timeline to help you understand the lore behind Assassin’s Creed easier.
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