This is why Viking version of Doncaster stars in popular Assasin's Creed video game
Doncaster gaming fans might recognise a familiar place when they play the latest installment in a hugely popular video game franchise.
And that’s because action adventure Assassin's Creed Valhalla features a Viking version of Doncaster within the game – and features on maps for players to explore.
Admittedly, the name is slightly different – Donecaestre – but it’s quite clear from the maps and charts that it is loosely based on Doncaster.
The twenty-second release in the Assassin's Creed series, the game is set in the years 872–878 AD and recounts a fictional story during the Viking invasion of Britain.
The player controls Eivor, a Viking raider who becomes embroiled in the conflict between the Assasin Brotherhood and the Templar Order.
According to the game makers, in AD 873, political pressures in Norway prompt Eivor Varinsdottir and her adoptive older brother, Sigurd Styrbjornsson, to lead their clan of Vikings to settle new lands in Anglo-Saxon England as part of the Viking expansion across Europe.
The clan comes into conflict with the kingdoms of Wessex, Northumbria, East Anglia, and Mercia over the next several years, as well as the warring sons of the legendary Viking warrior Ragnar Lothbrok, who made up the Great Heathen Army.
Explorable cities in the game also include Winchester, London, and York.
While Vikings settled in the Doncaster area, the town is better known for its Roman heritage, with the Romans establishing the town of Danum around a fort on the banks of the River Don on the main route between London and Scotland.