Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger appears in new ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’
Cody Bellinger and his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates continue to bask in the afterglow of the team’s World Series triumph, but the star first baseman is also pretty pumped about a virtual distinction that transcends any of his ballpark heroics.
Bellinger revealed in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Sam Alipour of ESPN that he is featured as a character in the upcoming “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” video game.
ESPN: You’ve had a memorable year, to say the least, and we haven’t even gotten to this bit of breaking news: You’re a character in the new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Bellinger: I’m excited. I love video games, so when I heard I had the opportunity to be a character in a big video game, I was excited, I really was. I’m kind of a video game nerd. My brother and I played Assassin’s Creed back in the day and used to love it. The graphics are so realistic. It’s a game that will take up a lot of your time.
ESPN: Where can we find your character?
Bellinger: You can find me in story mode. You got to beat me in the challenge to advance to the next place. My name is Otta Sluggasson — it translates to something like “power hitter” or “big hitter” or something like that. It was super exciting when I was doing the filming for it, and I got to swing a bat or a stick or an ax, so it was super natural to me.
ESPN: Does Otta wield a bat in the game?
Bellinger: I got a big ol’ tree trunk. Like probably what they swung in the 1920s, Babe Ruth and them, just like a big ol’ wooden thing. It’s cool. The character looks just like me. My voice is my voice. It’s crazy.
No images of Bellinger’s cleverly named Otta Sluggasson have hit the internet just yet, but odds are the character will resemble the Dodgers star, albeit all Viking’d up in a manner befitting the gameplay of the latest iteration of the iconic video game series.
Step into a world of conflict and secure a future for your clan among the kingdoms of England. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available November 10. #AssassinsCreed— Assassin's Creed (@assassinscreed) September 29, 2020
It’s obviously been a whirlwind few weeks for Bellinger. On top of the World Series win and video game notoriety, he also was part of a coordinated Twitter push alongside one of L.A. biggest sports stars to demand the city’s mayor to hold a Dodgers championship parade.
Given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, however, the World Series victory celebration has been shelved until it’s safe and responsible to do so.