The Assassin’s Creed Expansions Just Keep Coming

The Assassin’s Creed Expansions Just Keep Coming
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I wrote in January that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was too damn long, and that was before two whole expansions were released for it over the course of this year. Now the game is getting another one, as well as some missions for its predecessor Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as well.

For me, even as a very serious and longtime fan of this series, this is just too much! I begrudgingly finished Valhalla’s Ireland expansion and bailed on the Paris one a few missions in because I had simply had enough of the game. And of the whole “Ubisoft Formula”, to be honest, since I bounced right off Far Cry 6, and am even struggling with Halo: Infinite as well since it has lifted so much of that same “capture tower to unlock missions on the map” open world game design.

So the prospect of playing any kind of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla at all in 2022 sounds like a grind to me, doubly so when you realise this expansion — called Dawn of Ragnarok — focuses on the Asgard map, easily the worst part of the game as it was. Ah well, the trailer is nice! And I do appreciate that it’s also going to great lengths to show a bunch of stuff that are clearly gameplay features:

More interesting perhaps is the simultaneous announcement of Crossover Stories, which adds some new missions to both Valhalla and Odyssey, giving us a trailer that looks like some Deviantart fan art come to life:

The Crossover Stories missions will be out on December 14, and are free downloads, while Ragnarok, being a much bigger expansion — Ubisoft says it’s “the most ambitious expansion in franchise history” — isn’t out until March.

I know I just said some mean things about Valhalla, but to end this on a more positive note it sure will be nice dipping my toes back into the Mediterranean and catching up with Kassandra again.

 

Comments

  • It’s nice and all to have a game supported for a long time, but when you consider it’s a single player game, the expansion doesn’t seem to be included with the previous season pass, is coming out over a year after initial release, and you play as the less then likeable Odin, i just don’t think I can pick up the game again just for that. My time with the Valhalla (at just under 290 hours) has come to an end. I may reopen for the Odyssey crossover, but that’s it. Definitely not reinstalling Odyssey for the free mission either.
    This is the sort of support I expect for an online game, but guess they are getting players used to it if the rumours of the MMO are true… For a single player game, it just makes little sense.

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