It’s become something of a tradition since Ubisoft decided to reboot the Assassin’s Creed series in 2017 for the games to come with a free ticket to the virtual museum known as the Discovery Tour.
Discovery Tour: Viking Age — the companion to Viking epic Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — is going to be available to all owners of the game as part of a free download.
As with the previous immersive looks into the cultures of Egypt in its final dynasty and Greece during the civilization-altering Peloponnesian War, Discovery Tour: Viking Age combines the research and digital assets Ubisoft used in the design on Viking epic Assassin’s Creed Valhalla padded out with partnerships with some of the leading museum and library curators on the Viking world.
These partnerships include:
- Hampshire Cultural Trust: Ubisoft’s main partner for Discovery Tour: Viking Age. A group based in Hampshire, U.K. that manages 23 museum and arts attractions across the country’s Southeastern county. Hampshire Cultural Trust cares for 2.5 million objects relating to Hampshire’s rich and internationally important heritage. The Discovery Tour provides a unique glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in and around Winchester through a selection of rare objects, including the exceptional Winchester Reliquary, the sole surviving holy relic in Britain from the time.
- Sugar Creative: Perhaps most well-known for their work on an AR title based on the popular Wallace and Gromit series, Sugar Creative is assisting Ubisoft and the Hampshire Cultural Trust in bringing an AR tour of Winchester in the Spring of next year. The tour will offer a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in and around Winchester through a selection of rare objects, including the exceptional Winchester Reliquary, the sole surviving holy relic in Britain from the time.
- The British Library: The national library of the United Kingdom has a vast collection of items including artifacts from every age of written civilization. A partnership with the various collections’ librarians was key to Ubisoft in terms of having the best access to medieval manuscripts and illustrations directly linked with the Vikings.
- The Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais photo agency: A partner of Ubisoft’s since the very first Discovery Tour, the French Ministry of Culture’s public art protection society has helped Ubisoft create in-game items faithful to the Viking Age such as tapestries and armours through help sifting through it’s publicly-available collection of photos of nearly 800,000 works of art that are housed in the French national collection spread throughout the country’s various museums and palaces.
- York Archaeological Trust: Operators of the Jorvik Viking Centre in the U.K., which has interpreted the archaeology of York’s Coppergate dig for the benefit of all audiences. This partnership has helped Ubisoft to portray how important trading hubs and political capitals like Dublin and London were during the Viking Age as part of the Discovery Tour.
- The National Museum of Denmark [Nationalmuseet]: When Ubisoft needed to learn about the Viking Age, they went to the world’s dominant preservation society of artifacts belonging to the Vikings. The Nationalmuseet is a network of 20 museums all over the country with a collection of unique items covering a large part of Danish history. Putting artifacts under the spotlight from the National Museum of Denmark’s collections truly added depth to the Discovery Tour, demonstrating amazing crafting skills and esthetics and a chance to see how reputation, family and social bonds are described as such vital elements.
- Preston Park Museum & Grounds: A museum located on the grounds of in the fabulous estate of a once very rich industrialist, Preston Park Museum & Grounds serves the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. Preston Park Museums & Ground gave the Discovery Tour team the unique opportunity to highlight two key elements from the Viking Age: the new Anglo-Scandinavian culture that emerged from funerary art, and one of only two near-complete Viking era helmets in the world: the Yarm Helmet. Preston Park Museum has a special Viking touring exhibition arriving early 2022 that will feature the Discovery Tour: Viking Age.
As with the previous entries, it’s expected that Discovery Tour: Viking Age will allow players to take control of any of the characters and NPCs from the base game and explore through purpose-built environments learning information at their own speed and with their own accommodations. The Discovery Tours are non-violent, scientifically validated educational experiences that dive deep into the traditions and cultures of the time periods presented in the Assassin’s Creed games. Created by Ubisoft Montréal in close collaboration with the historians, archeologists and academics from the organizations above — and many, many more — they are an interactive, fun and efficient way to learn about History.