Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will not have any traditional side quests in-game. In an interview, one of the game’s execs noted a good reason for its removal.
According to narrative director Darby McDevitt, they’re looking into having main story arcs get bigger. They will get “more directed,” but players would need to explore. Rather than getting a list of side quests in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, players have to discover them.
Side quests in Valhalla won’t make sense
In AC: Valhalla, players control a character named Eivor. They follow invading Viking raiders, their families, and their flock. The Vikings have a mission of looking for lands in the English Isles for settlements and farming.
Like the historical Vikings, Eivor and his people will be going mission to mission. It doesn’t make sense that players run around for major and minor objectives.
Players should not go around running and solving minor chores. It also doesn’t make sense for an invader of England to take busywork from locals.
Even then, Eivor and the Vikings would still need to work with the locals. If they want a lasting peace, they would need to show that they are not simple barbarians. They need to work hard to get the trust of the English locals.
McDevitt explained that to keep content engaging, players would need to explore. Players would need to see the world on their own. They need to unravel other things to do, apart from a mass invasion.
Valhalla will make players explore the world further
McDevitt’s interview did not specify how players can get more side content. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is more story-focused than its predecessors. It’s likely the first game with a renewed version of side quests.
Even then, Darby McDevitt implied that players need to seek out the world. Much like any raider, they need to go around and find themselves in new lands. This change opens Assassin’s Creed to brand new gameplay.
The approach is interesting to see and would be a good change for the franchise. Since its inception, Assassin’s Creed had a ton of content, but not everything is quality. Some are useless busywork like collecting feathers and getting all treasure boxes.
Some of the fetch and side quests are some of the worst missions in the franchise. Even then, some side missions are among the best in the game. Some examples from previous franchises include Bonfire of the Vanities and The Great Contender.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will come out this coming November. More information about the game will also come out soon.
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