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Xbox Series X fans angry over Assassin’s Creed Valhalla running at 30FPS

Published: 11/May/2020 22:15 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 11:30

by Brent Koepp

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Ubisoft sparked backlash after revealing that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be running at 30 frames-per-second on Xbox Series X. The announcement has drawn criticism from players who expected more from the next-gen console.

On April 30, Ubisoft revealed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The viking-inspired release impressed players with it’s jaw-dropping graphics and expansive gameplay features.

However, some fans are upset after the game developer confirmed on May 11 that it runs at 30FPS on Xbox Series X. This has left some to wonder if next-gen is all that it was hyped up to be.

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The next Assassin’s Creed title is all about vikings.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will run at 30FPS

On May 11, Eurogamer’s Portuguese site reached out to Ubisoft for clarification on the title’s expected performance. The developer confirmed to the outlet that it is running at “at least” 30 frames-per-second on the Xbox Series X.

“Currently, we can guarantee that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will run at least 30 FPS. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will benefit from faster loading times, allowing players to immerse themselves in history and the world without friction,” they said.

The French studio added that despite its framerate, players should look forward to “improved graphics” and emphasized that the game’s world was being built in “stunning 4k.”

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Despite being “optimized” for the Series X, the game will only hit 30FPS.

News of the game’s framerate quickly spread to social media, and some fans were not happy about it, to put it lightly. The reveal kick off a wave of backlash from those that expected 60FPS on the console.

Twitter user ‘Aldridge117’ hit out the developer, stating they didn’t care about visuals if it didn’t have better FPS. “I do not care about just visuals, they can do both with next gen. No excuse for a dev to make a 30fps game next generation. No 60fps no buy!!” they tweeted.

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Assassin’s Creed fans were not happy with the announcement.

Others, such as ‘JayDubcity16,’ mocked Microsoft’s next-gen specs as failing to live up to the hype. “The 52 CU’s wasn’t enough. 12Tflops wasn’t enough! That 2.4GBps SSD wasn’t enough. Tell me again, why MS will charge you $499-599 for more disappointments? Buy a PC guys!” they said.

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Ubisoft’s reveal of Valhalla’s FPS kicked off backlash on social media.

It should be pointed out that Ubisoft said “currently” – which leaves the door open for the title to reach a higher framerate before its October release. The studio could also add a 60FPS mode with lower resolutions, which has been a solution before.

While the lower rate is sure to be a disappointment for some, Valhalla is a cross-gen title, meaning it was also developed on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So it should be expected to be held back a little compared to exclusives.

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3 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla easter eggs you need to see

Published: 25/Nov/2020 18:07

by Alex Garton

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla might not strike you as a game that blends the worlds of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but if you look in the right place, these easter eggs can be found. 

Ubisoft’s game released alongside the Xbox Series X|S and since launch players have searched every inch of the game’s expansive world. In doing so, a number of exciting crossovers to other major franchises have been found.

Although the world of Valhalla may be set in the age of the Vikings, which is nothing remotely like the grounds of Hogwarts, there are some things you can find that blur the lines.

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Valhalla’s easter eggs are spread across various regions of the game’s world.

Best easter eggs in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Harry Potter easter egg

This easter egg is located in Lunden, south-east of St Paul’s Cathedral in a small thatched building.

The building is guarded by a snake and a key is required to unlock the door. Use your Odin Sight and you’ll see a white indicator that marks the location of the key on the balcony of a nearby building.

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Players will enter what looks to be Voldemort’s hideout.

Once inside, players will find an eerily dark lit room filled with strange objects. On the table directly opposite the door, there’s a readable note for players that lists each of Voldemort’s Horcruxes from the Harry Potter films. These were, of course, the powerful objects in the Deathly Hallows, which contained a hidden fragment of a wizard or witch’s soul.

Despite the room only containing the ‘Strange list’, it’s a great easter egg to discover. For any fans of the Harry Potter franchise, this is one you can’t afford to skip.

Dark Souls easter egg

It’s hard to find an open-world RPG that doesn’t have a reference to From Software’s legendary franchise. There are no complaints from fans, though, as it’s always exciting to discover a Dark Souls easter egg, especially if it’s the iconic bonfire.

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Here’s exactly where to find the Dark Souls easter egg.

The bonfire is located in east Ledecestrescire in the ruins of a building. We’ve seen the same bonfire reference in countless titles and it still never gets boring. Luckily, as long as you remember to save regularly, you won’t be spawning back at the bonfire when you die.

Lord of the Rings easter egg

It would have been a missed opportunity to not include a reference to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth in the world of Valhalla. Lucky for us, Ubisoft didn’t disappoint and even added one of the Rings of Power into the game.

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Here’s exactly where to find the Lord of the Rings easter egg.

The easter egg is located west of Glowecestre on the edge of the river in a small house. Players will need to locate the nearby hidden key with their Odin Sight and enter the building.

Inside there’s a readable note that reads “One of the little folk asked me to make the door smaller, as he wants to keep unruly houseguests from his house.” This is a clear reference to Tolkien’s character Bilbo Baggins.

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It’s amazing Ubisoft actually added a Ring of Power to the game.

Next to the note, the developers have even added a small ring in reference to the Rings of Power. It’s unfortunate that players can’t equip the ring, but honestly that’s probably for the best.