AusGamers was invited to check in on what Ubisoft has in store for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s extended life, as the game draws out to now include not just a fresh new year of content, but also one of the more exciting concepts to come to the Assassin’s Creed franchise by way of Assassin’s Creed Crossover Stories. And yes, you read that correctly, Ubisoft has responded to fan-service requests and soon players can have Eivor meeting up with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Kassandra in new, standalone stories set within the walls of both Valhalla and Odyssey.
Which again, sounds crazy even when you write it out like that, then say it out loud, but it’s true. It’s happening. And it’s happening very soon.
Assassin’s Creed Crossover Stories will be available for free for owners of the respective base games on December 15; one story will be available in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and one story will be available in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. These stories explore the ties between the heroes of the two games, featuring new environments to explore as well as a rich story line. For the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla story, A Fated Encounter, players must have reached Settlement Level 4 and completed the quest “A Wise Friend,” where Eivor helps Valka establish herself in Ravensthorpe. For the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey story, Those Who Are Treasured, players will need to have completed Chapter 1 and reached Megaris to access the content, but it’s recommended that players finish the main game’s three story arcs (Family, Cult of Kosmos and Mythology) to avoid spoilers.In addition to Assassin’s Creed Crossover Stories, Ubisoft lightly detailed the next major update in Valhalla proper. Having announced some time ago the game would gain another year’s support in the wake of the pandemic pushing new concepts and releases back, the developer-publisher confirmed the team that worked on the Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Curse of the Pharaohs DLC, Ubisoft Sofia, has been working on what it describes as “the most ambitious yet in franchise history” as far as expanded content goes, with an epic story set again in the Norse realm that offers up more than 30 hours of base gameplay.
It’s no secret the series has embraced the mythological side of its historical backdrops and periods since Origins, and Dawn of Ragnarök looks set to take this to another level. Players will once again take on the transcendent Eivor-to-Odin character who, if the trailer above is anything to go by, will be able to shapeshift into a bird, utilise new ghostly ranged abilities, break shields, defy deaths and take on powerful gods.
Set in Svartalfheim, the Dwarven kingdom of the Nine Realms, which Sofia has said is one-third the size of the map of England from the base game, players are tasked with rescuing the All Father’s son, Baldr, from the fire giants, lead by the unkillable Surtr.
The new Dawn of Ragnarök expansion is set to join the previous two major entries in both Wrath of the Druids and The Siege of Paris as the third official major expansion, March 10, 2022. And if our maths is correct, there’s at least one more major release set to take place in Year Two amidst all the free content updates around season celebration, balances and challenges. (Though if we had our way, a Year Three would definitely also be on the cards.)
Wow, that sounds like a lot of content, and ive now started my re-transfer of Odyssey back onto my Ubisoft SSD from its storage location (considering how large these files are now on PC) to have this content available and see what the Aegean looks like after sometime away from it.
It is though, whoever, a serious detraction from such news that Ubisoft are continuing to proceed with there Pay-to-Win with actual fiat money in the real world, IE having to purchase new equipment instead of finding it through gameplay, that needs to be removed from all gaming because it is simply not value for money. It also smacks of 'loot boxes' gambling-esq content creeping into many series like AC.
So grain of salt here unfortunately in many ways, but ill check out the new content and see how it plays.