Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is one of the first major game releases to acknowledge the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. An email from one of the game’s modern day segments includes a message about the virus.
“I don’t have Covid, no,” writes Layla Hassan, Valhalla’s modern day player-controlled character. “And I’m well isolated. It’s just the three of us, traveling together, staying out of sight.”
The pandemic has continued to worsen amidst the 2020 election, with case numbers rising all over the United States. President-elect Joe Biden announced his COVID-19 task force, including 12 doctors and experts, earlier. The video game industry, including the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, has been impacted in major ways.