Lasting for three months, Ubisoft has announced that a series of events under the “Yule Season” banner will commence in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla from today. This is the first in a set of updates which will bring in-game events and exclusive narrative content to play. Starting today, players can celebrate winter as part of the Yule Festival with new challenges and rewards.
The first Seasonal content of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the Yule Season, invites players to discover the Yule Festival, an in-game event active until January 7 in a dedicated area of the settlement. During the Yuletide celebration, players can join in the festivities with a new Drinking game, an Archery mini-game, a Fist Fight tournament, and two new character quests available in the settlement. In addition, players can earn exclusive rewards including a new gear set, settlement decorations, and more.
The in-real-life Ravensthorpe (population approximately 498) is also celebrating the in-game Season 1 launch, with the Lord of the Manor, Charlie Reeve, declaring a week-long Valhalliday. From now until December 24, the local Chequers Pub & Village Shop, the village hub, will offer an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla-themed takeway menu to patrons. A donation of $5,000 from Ubisoft will go towards supporting Ravensthorpe’s playground project, as well as other community projects.
While the Yule Festival event only runs until 7 January, a second wave of Yule Season update is due to go live in February. This includes:
- River Raids
A new game mode building on the core raiding mechanic will be introduced, delivering a dynamic, challenging, and highly replayable raid experience. As the River Raids rely heavily on the Jomsviking recruits, players can hire Jomsviking from their friends online to take on an entire crew. The River Raids game mode features raids with higher stakes and different difficulty levels.
- Ranks for Jomsviking
In the Yule Season, an update to the Jomsviking feature will allow players’ Jomsviking to earn XP and rank up – the higher the rank, the more silver players can earn when their Jomsviking are recruited by other players
- Additional new abilities and rewards
Seasons are Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s answer to post-launch content. To be released across 2020 and 2021, these deliver a variety of new free content for all players focused on gameplay and world evolution, with updates coming in at different points during the Season.