While there is justifiably a question around why development teams cannot provide a full experience out-of-the-box or at least at one price-point, with major AAA video games from major publishers, we have come to expect development cycles to progress months if not years after the game’s original release. Following almost every Assassin’s Creed video game since its introduction two console generations ago, developer and publisher Ubisoft has outlined their post-launch plans for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla following its launch on the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 next months. This includes not only the traditional “season pass” inclusions such as expansion content, but also the next instalment in the Discovery Tour Educational Tool.
Ubisoft pitches the Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla season pass as enabling players to “discover new territories and stories through two major expansions and an exclusive quest“. Available to players early from within the structure of the game’s main campaign, they hope that these chapters provide “a meaningful story that adds to Valhalla’s rich open world”. Details on the two expansions and the mission exclusive to the pass can be found below:
The Legend of Beowulf Quest
In this exclusive quest, players will uncover the monstrous truth behind the legend of Beowulf, available on the launch day of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Expansion 1 – Wrath of the Druids
In this new adventure, players will journey to Ireland and unravel the mysteries of an ancient and mysterious druidic cult, tracking and discovering their members. Diving into Gaelic myths and folklores, they’ll need to fight their way through haunted forests and dazzling landscapes while gaining influence among Gaelic kings.
Expansion 2 – The Siege of Paris
In The Siege of Paris, players will have the chance to relive the most ambitious battle in Viking History with key historical figures of war-torn Frankia. During this key moment in history, players will infiltrate the fortified city of Paris and the River Seine under a prolonged siege, uncover enemy secrets, and form strategic alliances to safeguard their clan’s future.
The Season Pass will be included in the game’s Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s Edition sets, or available as a standalone purchase for $59.95 AUD.
But if you do not wish to purchase any more than the base game price for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft will not leave you without any content updates over the post-launch months. All players will be able to enjoy free content through seasons, with each running for three months. Season 1 will launch in December 2020, extending the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla experience post-launch.
Specifics on the first season have already been detailed, with Seasons 2, 3 and 4 to be expanded over the coming months:
- A new settlement area, allowing players to continue to grow and evolve their settlement.
- A traditional Viking Festival: the Yule Festival, for players to experience in their settlement.
- A new game mode: the River Raids. Building on Valhalla’s core raiding mechanic the mode will deliver a dynamic, challenging and highly replayable raid experience.
- The addition of the Ranks for Jomsviking: in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla players can not only create their lieutenant to be part of their raiding crew, but also recruit some from their friends and the community. In Season 1, players will see an update to the Jomsviking feature which will allow their Jomsviking to earn XP and rank up – the higher will be the rank of the lieutenant, the more silver players will earn when recruited by other players.
- Finally, as for each season, Season 1 will also come with new player skills and abilities, weapons and gear, and cosmetic items for the settlement, longship, horse and raven.
While more details should be expected in 2021, Ubisoft are planning on releasing a new instalment in their education-oriented Discovery Tour series. This will allow everyone to enjoy the setting of the game in a conflict free environment, complemented by in-depth information about the setting.