Here’s how Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Viking rap battles work

Flyting is a historical practice in which people exchange insults in the form of verse. So when you hear that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has Viking rap battles, know that it’s at least a little more real than The First Civilization. News of the feature first appeared – briefly – in a official blurb about the game, and now we’ve finally got some real detail on how they’ll work in-game.

“[When] you’re facing off against somebody, or they challenge Eivor – they’ll insult Eivor,” creative director Ashraf Ismail explains. “Eivor will have to find a response. So you’ll have multiple choices in front of you, and you’ll have to find the right one that matches the insult, the one that has the right rhythm. We had a bit of fun with that. There’s a little bit more to it than that – you gain a little bit of something out of it. But we’ll get into those details later on.”

It sounds a whole lot like Monkey Island’s insult sword fighting, and any chance to remember some of the best adventure games marks a good day for me.

You can hear the breakdown directly from Ismail below.

The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date is set for holiday 2020, and you can follow that link for plenty more details about the game.