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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


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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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.”

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.

Twitter: @Aldridge117
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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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


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

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
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.