Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has Mortal Kombat-style X-Ray kills

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 17 July 2020 09:15 GMT

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has adopted one of Mortal Kombat’s most defining features.

You may have noticed that in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s recent gameplay reveal, there was a brief moment where a Hidden Blade attack resulted in an X-Ray shot showing the target’s bones being fractured as the blade cuts through.

Most just assumed that was a cool moment Ubisoft wanted to throw in the trailer, you know, to enhance the impact of the attack. But that’s not actually the case; these Mortal Kombat-like cinematic cuts are actually in the game.

Valhalla game director Benoit Richer was asked to clarify this point on Twitter, to which he replied that the move is player-triggered, and happens during normal gameplay.

This is particularly new for the series, so I am surprised Ubisoft didn’t dedicate any time to talking about it on the gameplay demo that followed Ubisoft Forward. It makes sense, though, given Valhalla’s emphasis on gore and decapitation in combat. It’ll be interesting to see if Ubisoft allows players to turn those off.

Commenting on Richer’s revelation, some are already asking for this, whether because of their sensitivity to violent imagery, or because they think it’s going to get old dozens of hours in.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, a game where you recruit a cat for our Viking raiding party, is out November 17 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Stadia. Catch up on our hands-on impressions at the link.

If all this bloodlust has you interested in preordering the Gold Steelbook Edition of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Xbox One and on PlayStation 4 head over to Amazon US. And you can find it here in the UK on Xbox One and on the PlayStation 4, where you can take a look at the extras and future DLC.

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