Remember that dice-based minigame, Orlog, in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that you might have accidentally spent a third of your 40-hour playthrough on? Yeah, it’s officially getting a physical tabletop version.
Dicebreaker reports that developer Ubisoft has teamed up with pop culture collectibles producer PureArts to develop and publish the physical version of Orlog, which is slated to release sometime in 2021.
For the uninitiated, Orlog is played as a typical dice game between two players. Players take turns rolling a handful of six-sided dice that have faces sporting axes, arrows, helmets and shields. These rolls represent the types of attacks or blocks (melee or ranged) one can inflict on their enemy, or prevent from happening. Several small pebbles represent the total health of the player. The first person to drop to zero loses the game.
Of course, there are other aspects that make Orlog so much more compelling, such as generating resource tokens to give players an advantage on their attack or block rolls, or even stealing resource tokens to turn the tides in their favour.
Interestingly, though Orlog is depicted as a game set in the time of the Viking invasion of England, Ubisoft admits that the game is actually a fictional fabrication of what the Vikings might have enjoyed at the time. There was actually little real-life evidence to suggest what exactly the Vikings played back then, hence the developers came up with Orlog to imagine just how they would have spent their recreational time.
“We always wanted to have the aspect of the gods’ powers influencing it somehow, so on that version it was a face on the die that was representing a god type,” Benoit Richer, Ubisoft’s co-development game director, said in an interview with Dicebreaker. “The goal for that was to be able to roll multiple faces of that god to take effect.”
Regardless of whether Orlog was real or not, the fact that it’s getting a physical release will most certainly please Assassin’s Creed Valhalla fans.
Now that Orlog is getting a physical release, how about CD Projekt Red make the ever-popular Gwent card game from The Witcher 3 a physical version too?
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.