The finished painting.
The finished painting.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)

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.

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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.

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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.

Illustration for article titled Ubisoft Reveals iAssassins Creed Valhalla/i With An 8-Hour Painting Livestream

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.

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Nearly two hours in.
Nearly two hours in.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
The figure begins to take shape.
The figure begins to take shape.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
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10 AM: More figures appear.
10 AM: More figures appear.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
A peek at the process.
A peek at the process.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
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The Battle of the Generic Bald Soldiers. Bet the other side gets boats.
The Battle of the Generic Bald Soldiers. Bet the other side gets boats.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
10:30 AM: WE HAVE BOATS.
10:30 AM: WE HAVE BOATS.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
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11:15 AM: Ubisoft downgrades the intact castle.
11:15 AM: Ubisoft downgrades the intact castle.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
12 PM: Art man continues arting.
12 PM: Art man continues arting.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
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12:20 PM: The central figure takes shape.
12:20 PM: The central figure takes shape.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
1:10 PM: Has this really been going on for over five hours?
1:10 PM: Has this really been going on for over five hours?
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
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1:35 PM: Some pretty long boats if you ask me.
1:35 PM: Some pretty long boats if you ask me.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
2:10 PM: Leather pants ahoy.
2:10 PM: Leather pants ahoy.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
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2:30 PM: Almost there.
2:30 PM: Almost there.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
3 PM: That is a bearded man right there.
3 PM: That is a bearded man right there.
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)
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3:30 PM: Almost done?
3:30 PM: Almost done?
Screenshot: Bosslogic (Ubisoft)

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