I suspect this topic of conversation is one that many are tired of, and have given up on, however I simply cannot drop it. I have long been a fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise, and I have followed the series down some amazing paths, and some more questionable ones. This latest instalment, has met a gaming need that I have been lacking and wanting for some time now; a Viking based RPG. However to my complete and utter horror when researching on how to find a sword as I couldn't seem to do so in-game, I found that for some bizarre reason, Ubisoft have chosen to not include them.
Now some of you may think "what's the harm?" but personally I find this an egregious error on their part. Yes, Vikingrs used axes often, mainly because they were cheap to manufacture, needing wood for 80% of the body, and only a small amount of metal for the head of the axe itself. These could be mass-produced in a fairly cost-effective manner, and would be used to arm the ranks of raiding parties. However, the idea that someone such as Eivor, a "legendary" warrior would use an axe over a sword is in the bluntest terms, imbecilic. The sword was a preferred weapon amongst almost all higher-warriors, Jarls and their closer aids, commanders of raiding parties and Viking royalty.
In fact, around a quarter-way or so into the Viking age, Vikingr's began to find that the swords used by natives in places such as Britain, France and Ireland were above and beyond the capabilities of their own meagre weapons. In fact it was often the case that the well crafted and refined weaponry of the yeomanry and militias of the Kingdoms of Britain, could cut Vikingr's own swords at the blade. I implore Ubisoft, to release some kind of free DLC, adding these sorely missed weapons to the game. It is insane that you should leave out this HUGE part of Viking history and lore. Viking weapons, and namely swords, were among some of the most starkly beautiful weapons ever crafted, made to not only kill, but often to tell stories of the bearer's exploits. I simply cannot believe that you thought about this and decided it was the right decision.
I doubt this will ever make any real difference, but I felt the need to at least try. Not only is this historically abhorrently inaccurate, but also a huge missed opportunity for some gorgeous renderings of beautiful runic-laden weaponry from the 800th era.