According to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the Vikings aren’t like the stereotypes you’ve heard. Nonetheless, the game lets you play as those stereotypes. Why?
Esther Wright is a lecturer in digital history at Cardiff University, UK. She teaches, researches, and writes about historical videogames, promotional materials, and developer branding. Her first book, Rockstar Games and American History: Promotional Materials and the Construction of Authenticity, is forthcoming in 2022 from De Gruyter.