Ubisoft's Echoes Of Valhalla Podcast Series Teaches Real Viking History (1)

It has only been a few days since we learned more about the story that will drive Eivor’s tale in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The eternal conflict between the Assassins and the Templars is well-trodden ground. But what about the lore of the time period and the world we are stepping into? Both Assassin’s Creed Origins and Odyssey took players back in time and provided plenty of education via the respective Discovery Tour modes. We do not know if Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will do the same. However, Ubisoft is using at least one other avenue to provide more context. Echoes of Valhalla is a five-part podcast series about Vikings, and it’s now available on Spotify.

A dramatic retelling

This documentary series features 15-minute episodes. Expect to hear authentic music, sound effects, some committed voice acting, and narration giving us more of an understanding about milestones in Viking history. Here’s a quick overview of the different episodes:

  • Episode 1: The Sons of the Great North – Want to find out who the Vikings really were? Partake in their way of life, their customs, as well as their beliefs in this episode. Get a grasp of why these men of the North chose to leave their homeland in search of fame and fortune.
  • Episode 2: Dragon of the Seas – It is time to take to the seas on a Viking ship. This episode focuses on the watery elements of Viking life. Feel the salty air, brace for the huge waves, and even dodge a lightning bolt or two. All in the name of finding new land to settle.
  • Episode 3: Thor’s Hammer – War is at hand, as the Great Army set its sights on the English Kingdoms. Jump into the fray of combat, and understand the unfortunate fate that awaited the unwilling prisoners of the Viking warriors.
  • Episode 4: Birth of an Empire – A decade has passed since the Viking’s successful conquest, and it is time to establish a strong foothold. Putting down routes, figuring out the people and trade, it will all come to a boil as the English continue to resent your presence.
  • Episode 5: the Dawn of a New Era – The resistance has been strong, and Alfred the Great fights back against the hordes. Perhaps the call of adventure is ringing out once more, and a whole other world awaits.

Echoes of Valhalla

Of course, do not expect any in-depth dissection of history. Echoes of Valhalla is clearly setting listeners up for their adventures in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It is definitely a fun listen though, especially at just 15-minutes per episode. If you needed more convincing about the rich history that inspired the next Assassin’s Creed game, this is it.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla arrives on November 10.

Jake Su
Tactical strategy games are Jake's jam, and defending the Earth from alien and internal threats is just his bread and butter since the 1990s.

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