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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: Nov. 10, 2020

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'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' The Siege of Paris Expansion Details And Release Date, v1.30 Tomorrow, Sigrblot Festival This Week - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 26, 2021 @ 10:09 a.m. PDT

Assassin's Creed Valhalla throws players axe-first into ninth-century England, an age of warring kingdoms and Viking conquest. Wars will rage. Kingdoms will fall. This is the age of the Vikings.

Playable as female or male, Eivor leads a clan of Norse people across the icy North Sea to flee Norway’s endless war and dwindling resources. If they hope to survive, they’ll have to build a new home in the hostile lands of England. There, you’ll provide for yourself and your people by constructing, customizing, and upgrading your settlement with new buildings like barracks, blacksmiths, and tattoo parlors, all while recruiting new members to grow your clan.

England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Beneath the chaos lies a rich and untamed land waiting for a new conqueror. Will it be you?

Sail across the icy North Sea to discover and conquer the broken kingdoms of England. Immerse yourself in activities like hunting, fishing, dice, and drinking games, or engage in traditional Norse competitions like flyting – or, as it's better known, verbally devastating rivals through the art of the Viking rap battle.

In Assassin's Creed Valhalla, nearly every decision you make will have lasting effects throughout the world. Violence won’t be your only tactic for getting what you want; a silver tongue can be as effective as a steel sword when it comes to finding a home for your people. Shifting England’s balance of power and expanding your influence through diplomacy will likely make you more friends than brute force. Every political alliance you build, combat strategy you employ, and dialogue choice you make will alter your journey.

You wouldn’t be a Viking raider without raids, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla lets you lead surprise longship attacks to pillage enemy territories for much-needed resources, or launch massive assaults against rival Saxon strongholds. Raids will be more action-packed and brutal than anything Assassin’s Creed has seen before, thanks to a visceral new combat system that lets you bash, dismember, and decapitate your foes. Eivor will be able to dual-wield axes, swords, and even shields against the greatest variety of enemy types ever seen in Assassin’s Creed. And if you want to mix it up, the return of the Hidden Blade allows Eivor to assassinate targets with deadly precision.


Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s next major expansion, The Siege of Paris, will be available on August 12. In addition, Season 3, Sigrblot Season, features exclusive rewards and activities accessible to all players. The Sigrblot Festival is live this Thursday, July 29 for all players until August 19.

Set in Francia, this new adventure will set Eivor on a dangerous path full of gripping questlines across the Frankish countryside, towards one of the most infamous conquest battles in Viking history. Players will get their hands on new weapons, abilities, gear, and skills to take on new enemy types. The Siege of Paris will also mark the return of Infiltration Missions, directly inherited from long-time, fan-favorite Black Box Missions. Here, players will have the liberty to choose the best way to eliminate their designated target.

The Siege of Paris will be available for all Season Pass owners or as a separate purchase for $24.99 by all owners of the main game.

Along with the Expansion 2, the “The Siege of Paris” music album will release on August 12th, giving all fans the chance to fully enjoy the complete soundtrack. From today, they can discover “Hásæti”, the first track of the album composed by Stephanie Economou. With this song, she wanted to evoke a sense of spirituality and depth in the music and vocals felt like the right avenue to explore. The lyrics are in Old Norse, with “Hásæti” translating to “Seat of Honor.”

Starting Thursday, July 29, players can celebrate Summer in the time limited Sigrblot Festival, a traditional Viking festival celebrating the start of the Raiding season. Until August 19, various festive activities will be available in the Ravensthorpe settlement around the traditional bonfire, including:

  • Flyting, Fight Tournament, and Dice Game mini-games
  • Three new quests available
  • Exclusive rewards including settlement decorations, customization items, and weapons. Notably, the one-handed sword Skrofnung can be acquired with Sigrblot tokens in the festival shop for a limited time before the festival ends

To experience the Sigrblot Festival, players must reach England and complete one of the first narrative arcs – either Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire – and have their settlement reach Level 2.

An additional update is planned for later this season and will bring a new River Raids map pack, with destinations scattered along the rivers of Francia and Ireland.

Title Update 1.3.0 will be deployed on all supported platforms: July 27, 2021, at 2 PM CEST, 8 AM ET, 5 AM PT, and 10 PM AEST.

Patch Sizes:

Xbox Series X|S: 23.79 GB
Xbox One: 17.72 GB
PS5: 6.85 GB
PS4: 15.3-24.5 GB (depending on region)
PC: 20.4-31.37 GB (main game– season pass)

Sigrblot Festival

  • Sigrblot Festival is a new time-limited event from July 29-August 19.
  • Partake in new festivities and quests to receive exclusive festival rewards (including a one-handed sword!!)
  • Players must reach England and complete one of the first two narrative arcs (Grantebridgescire OR Ledecestrescire) and be at least Settlement Level 2 to participate in the Sigrblot Festival.

Level Scaling

  • We added a new menu option to the game to adjust NPC levels to your liking. You may choose from the following options:
    • Off = Scaling is turned off; enemies appear exactly as prescribed in the region description.
    • Default = Lower enemies are brought up to 30 power levels under the player’s level (How the game is intended to be played).
    • Constant = Enemies will be at least the same power level of the player.
    • Harder = Enemies will be 20+ power levels above the player.
    • Nightmarish = Enemies will be 50+ power levels above the player.
  • Note: Boss encounters and game modes will not be impacted by this as they have their own intended difficulty settings.

Skill Tree Update

  • The Skill Tree has improved visibility for new skills added throughout the post-launch.
  • We’ve added an option that will auto-acquire all the skill nodes required to reach the currently highlighted node (if you have enough skill points available).

New Skills

  • RAVEN - Light Fingered: Eivor will now automatically pick up nearby loot with a quick flick of the wrist (without having to press the interact button). • Thrill of War: Gain adrenaline as long as you remain in conflict.
  • BEARHeidrun Slam: Press R2 while sprinting to knock enemies back with a powerful knee slam. • Idunn's Heart: Passively regenerate recent health loss after a short delay.
  • WOLFSurvival Instinct: When at less than a third of health, hold -> for partial healing (Exchange adrenaline for health). • Wolf Warrior: Your damage increases the lower your health.

Game Improvements

Wrath of the Druids – Expansion 1

Addressed:

  • Priest's body would be missing in Flann Over Ireland.
  • Cage cannot be opened to free the prisoners in Tuam caves.
  • Only minor runes inside chests in Ireland.
  • Shelf not movable in Cashelore.
  • Cutscene didn’t start when sieging the church in The Scourging of Snakes.
  • Couldn’t confirm kill on The Ash.
  • Missing sound and subtitles within Wrath of the Druids.
  • King's Pass not collectible if the Raid is not also completed at the same time.
  • Couldn’t collect the prison key in Courting the Kings.
  • Barid vanished in Flann Over Ireland.
  • Thorstein teleported back to the cave in the Snaring Thorstein.
  • Couldn't progress when the Puca was killed in Into the Fog.
Main Game

Quests, World Events, and Side Activities

Addressed:

  • Infinite Loading screens during various quests.
  • Couldn’t complete War of the Collectors, Aelfred’s Jewels, Saint Faith, The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok, Lamb Chops, Splitting Hares world events.
  • Faravid wouldn’t get on the horse in This Son of Jorvik *This Son of Jorvik indeed*
  • Catching the fish with weapons wouldn’t count towards quest objective in Bloody Path to Peace.
  • Couldn’t fight Leofrith in Heavy is the Head.
  • Sigurd didn’t follow Eivor in A Brother’s Keeper. *More like A Brother’s Leaver*
  • Objective didn’t appear in Twists and Turns *this is how the turn tables*
  • Issues interacting with Petra in the settlement.
  • Eivor died upon arrival in Hordafylke in The Road to Valhalla.
  • Hunter House world event didn’t trigger.
  • Hunter & Warlock NPCs missing for The Plight of the Warlock.
  • The Banshee world event couldn’t be started or completed.
  • Couldn’t progress in the Mistress of the Iron Wood world event.
  • Couldn’t interact with the seer in Of Blood and Gods.
  • Reaching Hunwald’s house didn’t update the Homecoming quest objective.
  • The boss didn’t take damage at the start of Extended Family.
  • Hunwald was un-interactable during the Salve for a Fresh Wound.
  • Map marker appeared out of bounds in Fiery Ambush.
  • Couldn’t interact with Soma or Guthrum in Holy Day.
  • Players desynced at the start of the fight in King Killer.
  • Couldn’t confirm kill in the Reaver of the South.
  • Couldn’t complete The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok.
  • Guthrum didn’t move in Kingdom’s End.
  • Couldn’t collect the key from a body during Pilgrimage to St. Albanes.
  • Edmund was missing in Puppets and Prisoners.
  • Couldn’t confirm kill against Gotafrid Fair-Robes & Nokkfylla Shine-Eye.
  • NPC with the coin didn’t spawn or targets didn’t appear for the arrow challenge in Firing the Arrow.
  • Stuck between Binding Fate and Of Blood and Gods. *A Binding Fate, indeed*
  • Black screen during Baker’s Plaint.
  • Couldn’t interact with Halfdan in War in the North.

Graphics, Audio, and Animation

Addressed:

  • Various graphics and lighting issues.
  • Various animation and clipping issues.
  • Various issues with missing SFX.
  • Various issues relating to Audio Menu Narration.

River Raids, Jomsvikings, Raids

Addressed:

  • Appropriate rewards not being provided after completing a Raid.
  • Rations not healing the proper amount of health for Jomsviking.

Mastery Challenge

Addressed:

  • Ability to access restricted areas in Mastery Challenge.
  • Guards could be unreachable in Mastery Challenge.
  • Player being detected from a stealth bush in the Wenlocan Raven trial.
  • Reduced the possibility of doubling Armor sets that were acquired from the Store after completing the Mastery Challenge onboarding quest.
  • Unlocked medals remaining after loading an older save game.
  • Trouble entering stealth mode in some bushes.

Gameplay, Combat, and AI

Addressed:

  • Fire weapons not setting NPCs or combustibles on fire.
  • Enemies not taking proper damage from level 2 Incendiary Powder Trap ability.
  • NPCs no longer attacking if they were ambushed by a snake. Snake 1, Human 0
  • Extended flail combo dealt more damage than intended.
  • Sickle Combo Attacks didn't register properly.
  • Various issues with the Viking Salute ability.
  • Various issues causing the extended flail combo to do more damage than intended.
  • Ostara items missing following Title Update 1.2.2.1.

World

Addressed:

  • Instances where Eivor, NPCs, or the long ship would get stuck.
  • Instances with misplaced or floating objects or textures.

User Interface/HUD

Addressed:

  • Numerous UI/HUD issues.
  • Numerous localization issues.
  • Trouble exiting Photo mode using the ESC button.
  • Some icons not adapting for color-blind modes.
  • Silver Booster not applying correctly when looting low value items.

System

  • Benchmark is not functional when the game path contains non-ASCII symbols.

Performance and Stability

  • Improved performance and stability

Key Features:

  • Lead Epic Raids: Lead your people in massive assaults against Saxon armies and fortresses, and expand your influence far beyond your settlement’s borders. Command a crew of raiders and launch lightning-fast surprise attacks from your longship to claim your enemies’ riches for your clan.
  • Visceral Combat: Unleash the ruthless fighting style of a Viking warrior and dual-wield axes, swords, or even shields against fierce, relentless foes. Choose your tactics and dismember opponents in close-quarters combat, riddle them with arrows, or assassinate them with your hidden blade.
  • Write Your Viking Saga: The advanced RPG mechanics of Assassin's Creed Valhalla give you new ways to grow as a warrior and a leader. Influence the world around you while acquiring new skills and gear to suit your playstyle. Blaze your own path across England by fighting brutal battles and leading fiery raids, or form strategic alliances and triumph by your wits. Every choice you make in combat and conversation is another step on the path to greatness.
  • Grow Your Settlement: Grow and customize your own settlement by recruiting new clan members and building upgradable structures. Get better troops by constructing a barracks, improve your weapons at the blacksmith, discover new customization options with a tattoo parlor, and much more.
  • Share Your Custom Raider: Create and customize your own mercenary Vikings to share online, and reap the spoils when they fight alongside your friends in their own sagas. Recruit mercenaries created by other players, and add their strength to your forces.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Google Stadia and PC (Epic Games Store and Uplay).


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