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'Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla' Has a Gay Sex Scene Between Two Vikings

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Queer cruising is all the rage in the Viking-themed Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. 

The creators of Assassin’s Creed are known for weaving in queer and trans experiences within the game’s plot — and their latest is no different. 

A new video clip from Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla shows that Ubisoft, the France-based video game company that produces Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy, and Prince of Persia, gave players a same-sex scene between two male viking characters: Eivor, the lead character who can be played as either male or female, and a side character named Broder.

In the clip, an obviously horny Broder approaches Eivor as he is examining a boar presented on a table.

“The boar represents fertility. Did you know that?” he asks Eivor.

“As does Freyer. What’s your point?” Eivor responds.

“You impress, Eivor,” Broder says. “Your battle wisdom, your strength of character, skilled in so many ways. Yet I wonder. Is there any skill of mine that I could impress upon you?”

“Even a fool has something to teach, whether they’re aware of the lesson or not.”

“Aye, aye,” Broder responds. “But I could show you how to wield my… plough-sword.”

The reader is then given three options to proceed: “You want to lay with me?” or “I am not interested” or “Have another mead, friend.”

Upon hitting the first, Eivor then responds, “Be plain about it, stiff-spear. You want to lay with me, is that it?”

“That I do. Will you follow me? To a place more comfortable?” Broder insists.

Then Eivor affirms his consent in only a queer viking can: “A good plough-sword is a rare thing. Lead the way.”

Broder leads Eivor to a hidden place near their gathering in the woods. Just after Eivor goes in to kiss Broder, the camera pans away only to return after the deed is done.

“That’s worth a verse or two in some skald’s song. I’ll remember that for all time, Eivor,” Broder says.

The plan to open up Eivor’s romantic options was intentional on the part of Ubisoft. In a recent interview with IGN News Live, the game’s host and writer Youssef Maguid explained that “there are multiple people you can romance in the game, and you can romance all of them as either gender.”

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time Assassin’s Creed gave an option to players for their characters to have queer experiences. In an interview with Stevivor, a website that reviews video games, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s narrative director Melissa MacCoubrey spoke about implementing a player's choice. 

“If you want to be a woman and romance a woman, you can do that. If you want to be a man and romance a woman, you can do that. If you want to be a man and romance a man and a woman, you can do that,” she affirmed. “We’re making a game that offers choice, and this is something that matters a lot to people.”

“It matters a lot to me. And it matters a lot to the team,” she added.

In 2015’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, set in Victorian London, creators touched on trans issues. Following the story of twin Assassins Jacob and Evie Fry, the game introduced the character Ned Wynert, a trans man who acts as a quest giver for the main characters. The character was groundbreaking in that Ned was never defined by his gender. 

"Inclusiveness is something that's super important for us as a team," Assassin's Creed: Syndicate creative director Marc-Alexis Côté told Eurogamer in reference to Ned. “We've made a good push towards diversity and how we approach different subjects in the game."

Additionally, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood featured a main character, Ezio Auditore, alongside real-life historical figure Leonardo da Vinci, who in the game was implied to be queer when he stated to Ezio that he wasn’t interested in girls.

Too bad there isn't a virtual reality experience... 

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