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Assassin’s Creed dev reveals more new Valhalla gameplay features

Published: 14/May/2020 8:29 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 11:28

by Brad Norton

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is gearing up to be one of the most customizable entries in the franchise, according to Ubisoft creative director Ashraf Ismail, who has revealed new details on the 2020 title’s gameplay.

Following the success of 2018’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the upcoming twelfth entry in the franchise will depict a journey through the Viking age.

According to Ismail, Valhalla will be taking things up a notch with customization. From refining your combat preferences to the altering appearance of protagonist Eivor, there will be plenty of new options to choose from in the 2020 title.

“We wanted players to play the game as they want,” he said in a May 13 interview with Washington Post. When the game launches in late 2020, you’ll be able to mix match armor pieces in “five separate” categories as per usual. However, players will also be allowed to “swap the look of a piece of gear.”

If one piece of armor has a buff that compliments your playstyle, but another piece has a far more appealing look, you can simply swap out the visual appearance. Additionally, when armor is upgraded throughout the adventure, “that gear also changes visual,” he confirmed.

While the new protagonist will also come with changeable tattoos and war paint, players can still expect to tweak the usual hair color and style too. Breaking down Valhalla’s upgraded combat systems, Ismail highlighted a new level of customization on that end as well.

“At a certain point, you can gain skills that allow you to wield two-handed weapons in a single hand, and then combine two of them if you want.” Dual-wielding two devastating heavy weapons? Such is the Viking way now in Assassin’s Creed.

Ismal joins the conversation at the 10:57 mark for mobile viewers.

From heavy weapons to light axes and even shields, it looks as though players will be able to dual wield absolutely everything in Valhalla.

There’s no date set in stone for the next Assassin’s Creed just yet, but players can expect to learn all about Eivor’s story in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Yule Season update revealed – patch notes

Published: 17/Dec/2020 17:07

by James Busby

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Yule Season update kicks off this month, bringing with it plenty of festive new features to the game. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Ubisoft is kicking off its first post-launch update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, allowing all players to enjoy a host of new content completely free of charge. The Yule Season patch aims to bring plenty of holiday cheer to every battle-hardened Viking, while also giving players opportunities to net themselves some new loot. 

Highlights include the settlement expansion, Yule Festival, new minigames, and a load of new store items. Whether you’re a new or returning player, there is plenty of exciting content to sink your teeth into. To help give you the lowdown on the game’s latest update, we’ve covered all the patch notes below.

Settlement Expansion + Revellers’ Hut

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The Revellers’ Hut will bring plenty of fun festivities to join in with.

One of the best parts of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was upgrading the Ravensthorpe Settlement. It’s here where players can construct various buildings to aid them on their conquest across England. The original settlement included a blacksmith, fishing hut, trading post, barracks, stable, and even a dedicated museum. 

However, the Yule Season will be expanding this area even further with the arrival of the Revellers’ Hut. This new hut will be bringing numerous festivals throughout the year. The first of which is the Yule Festival.

Yule Festival

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Ravensthorpe looks a little different this time of year.

The Yule Festival is active from December 17 to January 7, with many festivities to enjoy and rewards to claim. Players can expect to see snow in Ravensthorpe, so you’ll need to wrap up in your warmest attire if you wish to keep the bitter chill out. 

During the Yuletide celebration, you can expect to get entangled with various festivities ranging from drunk brawls (yes, you read that right) to archery challenges and more.

New loot

Partaking in said festivities will reward you with Yule Tokens. This currency can then be used to redeem festive rewards at the Festival Shop. The event will be accessible after having completed one story arc (Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire), with rewards only being obtainable during the Yule Festival.

The following items can be obtained: 

  • Modraniht Ceremonial Outfit
  • Traditional Yule Garland
  • Sacrificial Altar
  • Modraniht Tattoo Set
  • Ritual Tree Ornaments
  • Modraniht Ceremonial Shield
  • Cozy Fire Pit
  • Modraniht Ceremonial Seax
  • Yule Beech Tree

Store items

The Hel’s Damnation Theme is now available via the store, while the Niflheim Theme will become available on December 22. Both of these can only be purchased with Helix Credits.

Holiday community contest

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Take a nice picture and win a nice prize.

Join the Yule Festival and capture your favorite photo or video for a chance to win The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and 50 Euros-worth of Helix Credits. The contest will run from December 17 through January 1 on both Discord and Twitter.

River Raid update

River Raid
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It wouldn’t be a Viking Christmas without a raid.

Aside from the new skills and abilities that will be unlocked in February 2021, a new game mode called the River Raid will bring three new maps that will be brimming with new gear, silver, runes, Books of Knowledge, and much more. 

The new Jomsviking Hall will also enable you to recruit more Jomsvikings to take with you to the new River Raids.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Yule Season update.