In a live stream that’s been going on since 8 AM Eastern on YouTube, artist Bosslogic is digitally painting a piece of art for the next Assassin’s Creed game. It’s looking a lot like Vikings. Update: Eight hours later the image is done and Viking-themed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is official.
Watch the video below to watch a very good digital artist bring art from the next entry in Ubisoft’s long-running series to life. We’re seeing snow on one side, castles on the other. Let’s see if that silhouetted figure gets a horned helmet.
The Viking setting was heavily teased last year in Ubisoft’s The Division 2, where a poster appeared featuring a Viking character holding Assassin’s Creed’s iconic artifact, the Apple of Eden. At that time several sources also confirmed with Kotaku that Vikings would be the focus of the next AC game, codenamed Kingdom. The Assassin’s Creed series, which switched to a bi-annual release schedule in recent years, featured references to Vikings in 2014's Assassin’s Creed Rogue but has never focused an entire game on them.
Update 3:30 PM: In case it wasn’t clear from the longboats, axes, and the actual Viking in the center, this game is about Vikings.
Update 4 PM: The stream is over, ending in a tease for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Tomorrow morning we get a trailer. Hopefully it is much shorter than this painting thing was.
In the meantime, here is the official timelapse video of the painting, clockling in at a merciful four minutes.
We’ll post in-progress shots below. Scroll down to watch bearded man with weapon slowly appear.