Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a huge upgrade from previous titles because of its new features and better performance. While some aspects have been improved, Ubisoft is also downgrading a few features from the game.
One of the main criticisms Assassin’s Creed Origins was that the game felt too long. The game felt that because it was padded with numerous side quests, which felt more like a chore to do. Things are going to change with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and that might be good.
Almost no side-quests
During Ubisoft Forward, the developers revealed a lot of things about the upcoming title. One is that the game will have almost no side quests. Before the stream, narrative director Darby McDevitt spoke to Gamespot about the side quests in the game.
He says that side quests are almost non-existent in the upcoming game, which is a huge difference from previous entries. Instead, the game will have longer story arcs to complete and world events to keep players busy.
According to McDevitt, the decision to omit side quests was more about the game’s narrative. In the game, Eivor lands in England to divide and conquer. It wouldn’t be realistic if people from the region run to him for help with side quests.
We’ve yet to know what world events are, but these likely included scripted sequences that players will come across while exploring the ancient world. While there are no side quests in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, players can still expect a fresh story through the longer arcs in the game.
Is this good?
This decision to omit side quests might do good in the game. Fans have been open about their concerns with the previous entries, saying that the games felt too padded with side quests to increase the game time.
Now that Ubisoft is dialing down with the side quests, fans of the game might feel that the series is returning to its roots once again. The developer is also making the hidden blade feel more powerful in the game, thus making it a true Assassin’s Creed entry.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17. The game will also hit the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when those consoles officially launch. For now, fans only have great things to say about the game, but we’ll have to get our hands on it first.
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