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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla set to copy Red Dead Redemption 2 home bases

Published: 19/May/2020 6:47 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 11:26

by Brad Norton

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks to be taking inspiration from Rockstar Games’ triumphant Red Dead Redemption sequel in the form of a settlement feature new to Ubisoft’s long-standing franchise.

Sprawling open-world titles often take players far and wide as they progress through the narrative. Assassin’s Creed Black Flag had Assassin’s Creed fans traveling the seas and venturing to new islands, while Unity took place all across Paris amidst the bloody French Revolution.

Valhalla looks to shake up the standard structure by having players return to a home base, similar to Red Dead Redemption 2’s camps, or the Normandy in Mass Effect. New details reveal just how pivotal this new feature will be.

“The settlement is Eivor’s home,” Valhalla Creative Director Ashraf Ismail said in an interview with SAGamer. The developers said they wanted to “give the full Viking experience” by establishing a proper ‘home base’ for the Vikings.

Instead of traveling from one location to the next, with the story constantly rushing forward, Valhalla will let players take a breather. Eivor can return home between story beats, invest in the settlement, and build relationships with its inhabitants.

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Eivor’s companions will seemingly all reside in a “settlement” in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Investing in the settlement creates buildings and grows a community and social ecosystem,” Ismail continued. “Eivor’s journey will be underscored and mirrored by the journey of the settlement and its inhabitants.”

Throughout the journey, it sounds as though players will be able to expand their settlements. New buildings might create new opportunities to grow a deeper bond with allies. Similar to Red Dead’s sequel, this homely environment could be the best way to pick up new side missions, learn about the world, and see Eivor out of his battle-hardened combat-mode.

“At its heart, the settlement is a narrative journey through a system,” Ismail explained. There’s no telling if the location will change throughout the story, but its clear players will always have a home to head back to after major battles.

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Settlement’s can be upgraded drastically throughout Valhalla.

We already know that players will be able to customize Valhalla’s protagonist more than usual. With each new settlement building serving a “unique function” as well, it sounds like there will be plenty for veteran Assassin’s Creed players to unravel. 

There’s no release date locked in just yet for Valhalla, but Ubisoft has teased that the Viking experience will be on its way 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 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 11:52

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.