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Watch us recruit a cat for our Viking raiding party in Assassin's Creed Valhalla

It was pretty obvious that Assassin's Creed Valhalla was going to have longboats, but the fact you can bring a cat companion sailing with you comes as a very pleasant surprise.

During our three hour hands-on, we got the chance to explore the world and take on whatever missions we wanted. During that, we managed to recruit a cat companion for our longboat. You can see the entire thing play out in the video below:

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Cats don't do much raiding - they mainly just curl up in a ball at the front of the ship, but hey, that's moral support. Also they keep all of your crewmates company - being at sea can be tiring, so having a feline friend onboard certainly makes things a bit nicer.

If you're keen to hear more about Assassin's Creed Valhalla, check out our hands-on impressions, in which we concluded it's a bit more Witchery than it is Assassin's Creedsy.

Aside from raider cats, we learned about a couple of other games during Ubisoft Forward too. Watch Dogs Legion got an official release date and is scheduled to launch on October 29. As a matter of fact, we've got a preview of that, too.

Meanwhile, the main show concluded with the announcement of Far Cry 6. It stars Giancarlo Esposito - who you might know as Gus Fring from Breaking Bad - and you can recruit a sausage dog called Chorizo.

Viking raider cats in Assassin's Creed and lovely sausage dogs in Far Cry - it seems developers are finally realizing how important it is to have pettable animals in games. Maybe that's why you can pet the cat in Cyberpunk 2077, and you can pet the fox in Ghost of Tsushima.

If you're looking to preorder the Gold Steelbook Edition of Assassin's Creed Valhalla on Xbox One and on PlayStation 4 head over to Amazon US. And it's here in the UK on Xbox One and on the PlayStation 4, if you want to take a look at the extras and future DLC.

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Cian Maher worked at a wide variety of video games media outlets, with his work appearing in TheGamer, Techradar, VICE, Wired, the Verge, Ars Technica, Eurogamer, Polygon, Gamespot, and of course VG247 - as well as a variety of newspapers. Cian has a First Class Honours BA in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Cian has left games media, and now works on The Witcher franchise at CD Projekt RED.