It is confirmed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s male and female Protagonists are both considered canon to the storyline.
A mine of information on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was revealed last week, comprising the confirmation of the feature of both a male and female variants of main character Eivor, who are considered canon to the storyline. Previously, this meant there was a canonical version of the protagonist and a non-canonical version, but it would seem that Ubisoft is being a bit tricky here as it’s been confirmed that both are actually canon in Valhalla.
Replying to a question from a fan on Twitter who asked which of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s male and female Protagonists, is the canonical version, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla narrative director Darby McDevitt wrote: “Both choices are canon, but we’re not going to spoil how we managed that trick until you play the game.”
Notably, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey once solved this problem; while players can choose either male Alexios or female Kassandra, who are siblings, Kassandra is the “canonical” choice given the official tie-in material.
It appears that Valhalla won’t follow the same route cause the main difference between Odyssey’s and Valhalla’s approach is that in Odyssey, Alexios and Kassandra are two different characters; both exist within the world, and the character you don’t pick will automatically become an NPC. In Valhalla, you play the same character, Eivor, but choose if they are male or female. By McDevitt’s comment, it seems like Valhalla will reveal the nuances of its approach to canon when we can finally play it in Holiday 2020.
Here is how Ubisoft describes the upcoming video game on its official website:
“Become Eivor, a mighty Viking raider, and lead your clan from the harsh shores of Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England. Explore a beautiful, mysterious open world where you’ll face brutal enemies, raid fortresses, build your clan’s new settlement, and forge alliances to win glory and earn a place in Valhalla.
“England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Beneath the chaos lies a rich and untamed land waiting for a new conqueror. Will it be you?”
In addition, Magnus Bruun starred in male Eivor while Cecilie Stenspil played female Eivor. The two actors are Danis with Brunn having played Cnut in Viking show The Last Kingdom. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is scheduled to release Holidays 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.