Why This Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Launch Date Leak Might Be Genuine

May 15, 2020 5:16 PM UTC
Yet another leak, this time from Amazon Italy, points to Ubisoft's highly-anticipated Assassin's Creed Valhalla launching on October 15.
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on Oct. 15, according to an Amazon Italy listing.
  • The leak appears to align with a similar retail store blunder listing a near-identical launch date.
  • An October launch matches Ubisoft’s past release habits for the franchise.

A listing flub on Amazon Italy may have leaked the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date ahead of an official announcement from developer Ubisoft.

According to the listing, the highly-anticipated open-world action-role playing game will release on Oct. 15, 2020.

Amazon Appears to Leak Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Release Date

As is often the case, Amazon has since rectified the apparent blunder. The listing no longer displays the October date, and has instead replaced it with a placeholder date of Dec. 21, 2020.

The initial discovery first surfaced on the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla subreddit. The date allegedly only featured on the Gold Edition of the game for Xbox, with the other versions listing the placeholder as they do currently.

Did Amazon accidentally leak the “Valhalla” release date? | Source: Facebook/La Cripta degli Assassini

Assassin’s Creed fan page La Cripta degli Assassini captured a screenshot of the listing with the October release date, sharing it on Facebook and Reddit for all to see.

While there’s no way to confirm whether this is simply a mistake on Amazon Italy’s part, or a genuine indicator of when we can expect to play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Oct. 15 is as good a date as any given Ubisoft’s plan to launch the game this year.

Rather conveniently, it aligns with another leak that surfaced earlier this month. A Redditor visited his local video game store and found pre-orders for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla accompanied by an Oct. 16, 2020, release date. The store quickly replaced the date with “Coming 2020.”

Two leaks with supporting evidence do add a fair share of credibility to this one.

We could easily attribute the differing release dates to different time zones – and the fact that one comes from a brick and mortar retailer who won’t necessarily stay open until midnight to hand physical copies out to fans.

This Leak Matches Ubisoft’s Past Release Pattern

The date would also slot in with Ubisoft’s past release habits. The developer has historically released mainline Assassin’s Creed titles around October or November.

For example:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launched on Oct. 5, 2018.
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins debuted on Oct. 27, 2017.
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on released on Oct. 23, 2015.
Ubisoft tends to release Assasin’s Creed games in October or November to capitalize on holiday sales. | Source: Ubisoft

Short of an official confirmation from Ubisoft of an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date, which should reasonably arrive sometime this summer, it’s best to approach this one with a good dose of skepticism.

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