As seen in the film trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, protagonist Eivor uses a striking version of the hidden blade, with the actual blade on top of the forearm and not below. Ubisoft has decided to remove the “hidden” aspect of the hidden blade to better match the tone of the Valhalla and Eivor culture.
“It’s a deliberate decision,” Assassin’s Creed Valhalla narrative director Darby McDevitt said Twitter. “It is something that is very close to Eivor’s heart. If he or she grabs this hidden blade, it occurs to Eivor that it would be much more interesting to let people see this weapon to be conspicuous. Vikings were known as you had a sense of honor and it was very important that when you killed someone, you let people know that you killed him. “
McDevitt continued, “Often people would not be punished for murder if they had a little justification, such as someone insulting you. They would not be punished for the murder as long as they admitted it, as long as they openly stated that “Yes, I killed this person because we got into the fight. ̵
As already mentioned, pretty much all interpretations of the hidden blade have the actual blade stationed on the inner forearm, the blade extending along the palm of the hand. The only exception is the hidden blade that Darius used in the Legacy of the First Blade DLC expansion for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which means that the earliest hidden blades were as striking as those that Eivor uses in Valhalla.
Despite the different styles, Eivor’s hidden blade will largely behave like the weapon in the earliest Assassin’s Creed games. Unlike Origins and Odyssey, you don’t have to update your hidden blade to instantly kill targets. Despite the level of an enemy, Eivor’s hidden blade will always go into void when used from the hidden.
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