Assassin’s Creed Valhalla official prequel picks female Eivor as the canon main character.

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[Original Post – 5/8/2020] Looks like a big part of Ubisoft’s developer team wanted a female only version of Eivor in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

According to “Seiiki” Dell’Aria, an illustrator who had worked with Ubisoft in the official Assassin’s Creed Symphony tour, some of the devs approached the artist and informed him about their plans for making a femaly only version of Eivor. These developers have also reported misconduct allegations against the former Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director, Ashraf Ismail.

“I was approached by one of Ash’s victims who showed me bits of conversations and confirmed something that isn’t quite out, but that won’t surprise anyone. Just like for Syndicate, Origins and Odyssey, it was the devs wish that Valhalla featured a female protagonist. Exclusively. Execs blocked them from doing that and forced the team to include a male version of Eivor, because a woman alone wouldn’t have sold, insisting that the marketing campaign should have focused on male Eivor, Which it did, we’ve seen Female Eivor only long after ACV’s reveal.”

We don’t know the exact source of this information, but Dell’Aria guarantees that these details are legit and the source is trustworthy. “Yeah and in the final few conversations with Ash that I had, I asked him what the hell happened to Eivor being a woman? And then he told me everything. And he basically also underlined that Eivor is a strictly, inherently female name. And that that is proof that she is/was canon. But the higher ups simply wanted a dude.” It is true that Eivor is a female only name and if you check VG247’s statistics in the Nordic names database, there are zero records of men with the name Eivor.

In addition, Ubisoft Paris make a petition for a male only version of Eivor. However, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla narrative director Darby McDevitt made a thread to Reddit in order to say that the claims aren’t very accurate. “ACVs story was conceived from the beginning with both female and male in mind,” he wrote. “When you play the game you will understand that there is no way the male could have been added at the last minute, or whatever version of this story you have heard. Obviously there is more nuance to all this, but to go deeper would spoil lots of the mysteries at the heart of the game,” he continued. “But understand this, that we started ACV knowing full well that Ubi wanted to give players the ability to select characters, and we worked hard to make sure that it honored our lore.”

[UPDATE 1 – 12/8/2020] Assassin’s Creed Valhalla official prequel picks female Eivor as the canon main character.

Ubisoft has announced that players will be able to choose Eivor’s gender in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title. However, the game’s prequel has picked to portray Eivor as a woman. As with all games with multiple endings / genders, Assassin’s Creed’s Valhalla will have a canon protagonist. It looks like that the female version of Eivor will be canon according to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory, a Dark Horse graphic novel series. These series will follow Eivor’s life before the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and will give some extra details about the Nordic life and setting.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory was released some weeks ago and a hardcover collector’s edition will be available in April of 2021. If you are interested, you can check some of the comic’s description spoilers below. Special thanks to Eurogamer for providing us with the following text.

“Fearless Vikings confront their destiny in this glory-seeking prequel to Ubisoft’s next hit video game, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Tensions escalate when a village caught between two rival kingdoms is brutally raided. Eivor, warrior and daughter of wise King Styrbjorn, dispatches the raiders, rescues the villagers, and claims the settlement for her father. She also seizes a prisoner – a woman, Gull, left behind by the rivals – who declares she possesses the secrets of Asgard itself. But there is more to Gull than meets the eye, and her capture will bring death and destruction to Eivor’s family. In disgrace and lured by the promise of treasures and glory, Eivor undergoes a dangerous quest to regain her honor, but what terror awaits in the forgotten temple of a powerful god? All the time, her brother Sigurd forges his own legend while searching for fortune in the lands of the East. Far from home, he finds new weapons and fresh plunder, making a discovery that will change his destiny forever…”

Be sure to read Everything we Know about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and check this new exclusive interview with Laurence Letalien.

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