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(possible spoilers) Assassin's Creed Ragnarok leaked, reveal at Experience Playstation in February

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Seemingly continuing Ubisoft's 8 game streak of Assassin's Creed games leaking before they can announce them, which began in 2011 with AC Revelations leaking, it seems like yet another Assassin's Creed game has leaked. Recently, several retailers seemingly listed Assassin's Creed Ragnarok, including Amazon Germany and Gamestop Italy. Concurrently with this, a leaker on 4chan posted details about the game. The leaker mentioned Sony's rumored Experience Playstation PS5 reveal event in February before Sony teased it today. Kotaku's Jason Schreier, who was responsible for many of the earlier Assassin's Creed leaks, but decided to stop leaking them in 2018 out of respect for Ubisoft, commented on the 4chan leak on ResetEra and said that alot of it lines up with what he has heard from his own sources, and called the leak plausible, rather than the typical fake leak bullet point list of wishful thinking. 

Here is what was leaked:

  • Title of the next game is Ragnarok, codenamed Kingdom
  • Will launch on Xbox One, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X (PC isn't mentioned in the leak, but dropping PC support would be strange considering the last 2 games sold well on PC)
  • Officially announced in february at the upcoming Playstation event, release date September 29th 2020 on current gen systems, next-gen launch title whenever PS5 and Xbox Series release
  • 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.
  • Even deeper RPG mechanics than AC Odyssey, now including different classes and mild skill tree changes based on class. Player class can be changed by a specific character.
  • Combat is upgraded with more weapon types and special abilities for every weapon grouping.
  • Each weapon can have runes added, be upgraded, and have 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 in size over the course of the game
  • Replacing adrenaline is a berserker mode which also activates special runes like fire, frost, or lightning damage
  • Sailing returns, but 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, unlike the stealth attacks in Odyssey on stronger enemies
  • Stealth is upgraded by having physical stealth skills such as hiding in mud, snow, crouching in bushes, hiding in bales of hay, etc. Players can now also hide in crowds of civilians if their outfit/ armor is appropriate otherwise it can attract attention.
  • Players now have a reputation system based on quests completed for people in cities, the town officials, clothing worn, crimes committed, 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, wait for their own raids, or go in by themselves.
  • The assassins are believed to have a connection to Odin and dub their controllable Raven scout as Odin sight
  • Difficulty levels return, but focus more on parry times, player health, and enemy reaction times rather than enemy health like in Odyssey
  • Leveling is overhauled to allow players to improve skillsets to gain experience, like in Skyrim. As a result, level locking regions and content is gone.
  • Some skills are unlocked by reaching a high enough skillset level, some must be bought with skill points, and others are unlocked through game/story progression.
  • The map is massive. Like all of northern Europe. My source mentioned big cities being York, London, Paris, and Kiev. Every kingdom was meant to be really unique.

[Potential Story Spoilers]

Spoiler!
  • 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.
  • We next cut to 863 as the teenage Jora living in Novagrad?. Eventually we meet assassins and are sent to deliver a package to Ragnar in Uppsala.
  • 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 Ragnars sons where the army is formed to combat the templars that control most of europe
  • We follow most of the invasion and war, becoming allies with Alfred, conquer kiev, help rollo 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 (idk what this is, google translate may be screwing up).
  • Then we kill Bjorn in a temple and give his knife to his mother’s who’s ragnar’s ex?
  • Also there are a ton of temples that are each protected by a mythical beast like a giant snake, a dragon, kraken, and a giant
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All of it sounds good to me. Glad they're bringing back playable female character options, and Vikings were one of the few historic cultures where there is evidence of female warriors, so it actually makes more sense this time than it did in AC Odyssey. Deepening the RPG systems sounds great to me, love that they're going with a more Skyrim like leveling system instead of having XP based levels and level locked zones on the map. Glad that the map is huge and covers multiple countries. Glad they're improving the combat, parkour, and naval exploration.

While I still would prefer AC Japan or China, this game sounds pretty dope and I will definitely play it when it releases on Xbox Series X or PS5, whichever I decide to buy first this Holiday. 



What I'm not liking is the whole, you can be male or female shenanigans.. it's explained poorly in the story/lore and messes up with stuff.. either pick a male or female protag and stick with that! You won't be able to please everyone anyway..



Korvo_Attano said:
What I'm not liking is the whole, you can be male or female shenanigans.. it's explained poorly in the story/lore and messes up with stuff.. either pick a male or female protag and stick with that! You won't be able to please everyone anyway..

At least a female protagonist makes more sense in a Viking game than it did in AC Odyssey. While Viking shield-maidens are considered by some historians to be mythical, there are historical accounts of shield-maidens fighting in battles including the Kievan Rus' attacks on the Byzantines in 971 and the Battle of Bravellir in 770. There have also been recent archaeological finds of viking women buried with weapons and armor, showing evidence of battle wounds.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - 6 days ago

I'll look forward to it, odyssey was the best one so far.



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Sounds pretty good... I'm still a bit burned out on AC after origins. I'll keep an eye on it though.



Lol, an obscure city I've been to is mentioned in the story spoilers. Now I'm actually curious to see what it'll look like, if true.



Random_Matt said:
I'll look forward to it, odyssey was the best one so far.

I agree with that as well. Black Flag and AC 2 are great as well, but the RPG mechanics they added in Odyssey really kicked it up a notch above Black Flag and AC2 imo. And it sounds like they're making Ragnarok an even deeper RPG than Odyssey. Hopefully they take advantage of PS5 and Series X huge CPU and storage improvements to really improve the loading times (they were awful in Odyssey), as well as to increase the character counts in the cities to make them feel alive (Odyssey cities felt kind of dead) and to improve the physics effects, with trees blowing realistically in the wind and such. 



Assassin's Creed Odyssey was phenomenal. Bring it the fuck on.



shikamaru317 said:
Random_Matt said:
I'll look forward to it, odyssey was the best one so far.

I agree with that as well. Black Flag and AC 2 are great as well, but the RPG mechanics they added in Odyssey really kicked it up a notch above Black Flag and AC2 imo. And it sounds like they're making Ragnarok an even deeper RPG than Odyssey. Hopefully they take advantage of PS5 and Series X huge CPU and storage improvements to really improve the loading times (they were awful in Odyssey), as well as to increase the character counts in the cities to make them feel alive (Odyssey cities felt kind of dead) and to improve the physics effects, with trees blowing realistically in the wind and such. 

I only really play RPG, so it shouldn't surprise anyone if I say the classics are rubbish. It was one game where you really needed a six core processor, or a X or pro console. It ran relatively well on the X, next gen should do better for anyone who wants play it.