Explore Derbyshire as you’ve never seen it before in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Are you tired of exploring Derbyshire as it is in our modern age? Computer game Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla may be able to provide the change in scenery that you need, with a trip back in time to the county as it was in the age of the Vikings.

The hit video game series allows players to become members of a secret organisation known as the Assassins, who fight throughout history and all over the world to protect humanity and its freedom.

The series, which started in 2007, has taken players from the Peloponnesian war to Victorian London, and many other historical points in between.

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The latest game in the series, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, was released in 2020 and takes place largely in England, during the age of the Viking invasions.

The game is set in 873AD and much of the East Midlands has been recreated, as this area saw some of the highest Viking activity in Britain.

New downloadable content for the game, the Dawn of Ragnarök, was released in March, giving gamers a new opportunity to get back into the series, or even pick it up for the first time and explore Anglo-Saxon Derbyshire.

Although Derbyshire may not exist in the game as a named area, there are many places within the county that appear – most of them appearing in the Snottinghamscire (what is now Nottinghamshire) area of the map.

You can visit places such as Repton, which was completely under Norse and Dane control at the time, and Kinder Downfall, almost completely frozen over in the Peak District winter.

It is even possible to take your longship along the River Derwent and River Trent, trying to find spots where future settlements, such as Derby and Burton will eventually be built.

Have a look at some of the in-game screenshots, as seen below, captured by reporter Johnathan Cowden on his PS4.