• "Echoes of Valhalla" is a five-episode podcast on Viking life from Ubisoft
  • Created to accompany "Assassin's Creed Valhalla," the podcast tapped experts on Viking history
  • Other recent adaptations of Viking culture are the show "Vikings" and the "Northlanders" graphic novel

Taking advantage of the hype surrounding the coming arrival of “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,” Ubisoft has launched a podcast about the history and culture of Vikings.

Described as “the first immersive audio historical documentary series in audio for ‘Assassin’s Creed,’” all five episodes of the “Echoes of Valhalla” podcast are now available to stream and listen to on Spotify.

“Echoes of Valhalla” centers on the Norse warriors’ invasion of England in the 9th century and taps experts and comedians to paint a picture of Viking life, Engadget noted. These include their mastery at shipbuilding and military strategy as well as the progressive role that women played in Viking culture.

Immediately, this calls to mind the History Channel drama, “Vikings,” which was inspired by the tales surrounding the legendary Viking Ragnar Lothbrok. The show has been airing since 2013 and has built a loyal following for its exploration into Viking life.

Starring Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Alexander Ludwig and several others in their ensemble, the first few seasons depict Ragnar’s life with wife Lagertha as he rises to become a hero, and eventually, king.

In yet another form of media, writer Brian Wood painted a tale of Viking culture over the course of 50 issues of his graphic novel, “Northlanders,” which was published by DC Comics under its Vertigo imprint. Published from 2008 until 2012, Wood tapped different artists for his anthology which covered different parts of the Viking Age.

It is then fitting that for a title that will shine yet another light on an era long gone, a historical perspective is used by “Echoes of Valhalla” to accompany Ubisoft’s eagerly anticipated game. Although five episodes may not seem like a lot, the main focus for Ubisoft remains, of course, on getting people to buy “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.”

Prior to this, Ubisoft previously attempted to educate players on the historical settings of their games with an educational mode added to “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” which was set in Ancient Egypt.

“Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” will be released alongside the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on Nov. 10. It will also have versions for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Google Stadia. A PlayStation 5 version will be released with the console on Nov. 12.

'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' puts players in the role of a powerful Viking.
'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' puts players in the role of a powerful Viking. Ubisoft