At the moment Assassin's Creed Valhalla has an official release window of Holiday 2020 for all platforms. It'll likely come before Black Friday in November, the official start of the holiday shopping season, but Ubisoft has yet to nail down even a month yet. Now it seems that an error might highlight a potential release date.
In the listing for Assassin's Creed Valhalla on Amazon Italy, the date October 15, 2020 was shown. The listing was quickly corrected to a placeholder December 31, 2020, but the internet never forgets. Reddit user AssassinsCrypt also caught a screenshot of the original date, anticipating Amazon correcting the error.
We didn't see the original error ourselves, but this isn't the first time that Amazon Italy has jumped the gun on a release date. Amazon Italy put up a listing for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered ahead of the game's announcement. It also included a date: April 30. That was proven to be the correct release date for the Xbox One and PC versions, while the PlayStation 4 version launched a month earlier.
Retailers have a long history of accidentally putting up game titles and release dates ahead of time. They need them for logistical purposes, but making sure nothing leaks across hundreds of stores, or many, many websites is a task. Walmart Canada is infamous for leaking games, with a host of retail entries appearing on their site ahead of E3 2018. Not all of them were real—Splinter Cell and Forza Horizon 5 haven't happened—but Just Cause 4, Rage 2, Gears of War 5, and Borderlands 3 were all announced later.
With Assassin's Creed Valhalla potentially coming on October 15, Ubisoft still needs to find release dates for all its other games. The publisher has committed to launching Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods & Monsters, and another unannounced title during this fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2021. Ten months, five games. Now it's just a matter of seeing where they all fall and what that last title is. Even money is on a new Far Cry for the first quarter of 2021. Regardless, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is still officially coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X this Holiday.