Ravensthorpe, the place where players build their Viking settlement in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, is an actual real-life location in England.
As it turns out, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s in-game location of Ravensthorpe actually exists, even if developer Ubisoft Montreal didn’t mean to include it. The latest installment in the long-running historical action franchise was just released earlier this week, putting players in the role of a Viking warrior charged with protecting his/her clan from British forces during the real-life invasion of England in AD 873.
Throughout players’ journey as Eivor, they will travel to various real locations like London, York, and Norwich in their early Nordic glory in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The game also features guest appearances from actual historical figures in true Assassin’s Creed fashion, allowing Eivor to face off against the likes of King Alfred the Great of England. However, as fate would have it one of Valhalla’s most prominent references to real-world locations and events came completely by accident.
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Aside from the accidental inclusion of Ravensthrope as the game’s hub location, Ubisoft Montreal has certainly shown its work when it comes to depicting Viking civilization in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. While the game isn’t an entirely accurate portrait of Vikings and their culture, it notably includes many forgotten aspects of their customs and beliefs, such as their surprisingly forward-thinking views toward women and the ancient Viking rap battles known as “flyting.”
Having the real-life location of Ravensthrope as the site of Eivor’s Viking settlement in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla might have been a happy accident, but it’s still a neat touch that makes Ubisoft’s latest historical epic feel all the more authentic. After all, there’s no better way to feel fully immersed in the world of Valhalla’s ancient European setting than to have the small village the player builds from the ground up be set in an actual location that is still standing today. It’s still pretty crazy that Ubisoft was able to accidentally pick out a real-life place, down to the exact location, for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla though.
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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available now for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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