The game is allegedly code-named Kingdom.
Posters found in The Division 2 hint that the next Assassin’s Creed game may revolve around vikings.
Per Kotaku (via Assassin’s Creed Wiki user AlifMorrisonudin), the posters can be found in the game’s Potomac Event Center, and they feature what appears to be a Norse god or viking with the word “Valhalla” written above, holding a staff and an odd orb. Upon closer inspection, the orb is actually an Apple of Eden – important items within the Assassin’s Creed universe that have appeared throughout history, and have been capable of projecting images, mind-control and more.
When we reached out to Ubisoft for comment, a spokesperson told IGN “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.” Images of the posters can be found here.
While this visual Easter Egg is interesting enough, Kotaku reports that it previously learned from two independent sources familiar with the game that this project, code-named Kingdom, will revolve around vikings and is set for a 2020 release.
Beyond Kotaku’s corroboration, there are a couple things about this story that fit into place nicely. First, we already know Ubisoft won’t release a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2019. Second, Ubisoft is known for putting Easter Eggs for upcoming games in its titles, like how Watch Dogs 2 included a teaser for Pioneer, a space game from Ubisoft that has reportedly had its development rebooted.
There have been rumors swirling around that the next Assassin’s Creed would take place in Rome, as a sort of natural successor to Odyssey’s Greek setting, though signs are beginning to point to a more Norse direction.
For more on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, check out our review of the Legacy of the First Blade: Bloodline DLC, which we called “Great” saying “The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Legacy of the First Blade grand finale cleanly ties up the story it started with answers and great moments for everyone involved.”
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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN, and after God of War, he’s happy to get back into some Norse goodness. Follow him on Twitter.