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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla almost had a very different ending

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla arrived as a real gift for fans of the Ubisoft franchise, further exploring the Viking Age and giving more context to the ‘origin’ of this universe of Assassin’s Creed, as well as its predecessors, Origins and Odyssey. The game ends with a startling reveal, as the protagonist we’ve followed throughout the trilogy, Layla Hassan, leaves the stage.

However, recently Ubisoft’s producers spoke a little bit about the creative process behind Valhalla and all the decisions they’ve had to make behind the scenes. For example, we now have the discovery that at the end of the game, Layla would have been replaced by Shaun Hastings or Rebecca Crane, something that was drastically changed when Basim, one of the characters in the game, appears in the present and succeeds Layla.

Narrative Director Darby McDevitt explained this decision and how it ended up being changed:

“I remember that Ash [Ismail] said, “Why not put him as our protagonist today?” And it became an interesting idea because I think the original idea was that when Layla left you could come back and play the part of Shaun. [Hastings] or Rebecca [Crane] and you can choose, you can just switch between Shaun and Rebecca and play like them.

In the original version, Basim would be free in the modern world, but his intentions would be more ambiguous, so we wouldn’t be sure where his next step was. Regardless, the production team still wanted to use the Staff of Hermes, originally seen in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, at some point in the game’s plot.

Basim gains a lot of importance at the end of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

If he had followed the original ending, perhaps Assassin’s Creed Valhalla wouldn’t have been so well received by gamers and expert critics. The game gives a surprising conclusion to the story of Layla, who is stuck in the Yggdrasil chamber, but it is precisely the inclusion of a character like Basim in the present that has left many interested in the future of the franchise. .

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Series X and S, PC and Google Stadia.

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