There’s a trend of tabletop games being implemented in video games, like Gwent in The Witcher. Some of these games, like Gwent, get physical releases because of their popularity.
The latest game to make that list is Orlog from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The website Dicebreaker broke the news a few days ago:
Ubisoft will be working with pop culture collectibles producer PureArts to publish a physical version of Orlog in 2021Dicebreaker
Unfortunately, there weren’t any dates connected to the release, just that it would be next year. If you’re not familiar with the game, it’s a dice rolling game that is in the vein of Yahtzee (definitely more fun though).
Players alternate rolling 6 dice and choose which ones to keep. Any dice that are not kept are rerolled and more dice are either kept or set to roll again. There are 3 dice rolls per player before the action happens. So far this is pretty similar to Yahtzee. The real difference here is that one side of the die can give you some power to use an ability from one of the Norse gods. These gods are the special sauce that makes the game interesting. Players choose 3 gods before the game is played, so there is a little bit of choice involved in this game that seems to be mostly luck.
Overall, this is going to be a great game for fans of the video game but it doesn’t seem like it will be a standout in terms of what tabletop games offer right now. Of course, there’s a lot of great dice rolling games to compete with: Sagrada, Roll for the Galaxy, or King of Tokyo.
It doesn’t seem like Orlog is trying to be any of this though. The focus is on the Nordic life and what something should look like from that time. The focus is on how immersive Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is first and the tabletop game is just a nice garnish. So in that respect, this game does exactly what it was meant to do. It’s not a great board game but a nice spice to the main game.
With that said, if you’re into the Assassin’s Creed, this could be a good pickup. If you’re looking for the best dice-rolling board game, however, check out everything that tabletop gaming has to offer first.