Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: 5 Reasons To Be Excited For DLC (And 5 To Be Cautious)
By Jerrad Wyche
Published Feb 02, 2021
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is slated to get DLC expansions, and here are a few reasons why fans should be cautiously optimistic.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is only a few months old at this point, but the ravenous player base has already explored most of what the base game has to offer. With Assassin’s Creed?Odyssey displaying an impressive collection of post-release downloadable content, it’s understandable fans expect a lot from Valhalla.
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Most of it in the form of expansions, players are wondering when they can get their hands on DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Post-release content is often good, but sometimes can feel lackluster. Here are a few reasons to be excited for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC and a couple of reasons to be cautious.
The problem with downloadable content that comes out months after a game has been released is that other games come out. It’s hard to keep the attention of people in a world where there’s a new thing to experience around every corner. The caution here should be on spending money on a thing people will never get around to playing. Then again, buying games and never playing them only for them to end up on a backlog list of some sort is the curse of having video games as a primary hobby in life.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey not only set the stage for expectations revolving around the base game of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, it had a DLC release that should make owners of Valhalla quite excited. The game featured a multi-part adventure mostly focusing on the lost city of Atlantis, and most people considered it to be a welcome addition. It seems like assuming that the DLC for Valhalla to be enjoyable and worth both the money and time is a solid bet to make given Ubisoft’s recent handling of the same rollout for the franchise’s previous mainline entry.
In a world that’s still dealing with a global pandemic, people should understand everything is subject to change. Developers are working from home and the change has affected project timelines and in turn, the release dates for games are moving in response.
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The first piece of paid DLC is loosely dated for Spring 2021, but it’s unclear if that range was given due to flexibility and/or the studio being unsure of when the DLC will be ready to release. Don’t be surprised if it ends up slipping a couple of months.
As was just discussed in the previous entry, the current pandemic has made game releases adjust and for the first half of 2021, it seems quite barren. Outside of Resident Evil Village and a few other titles there isn’t much to look forward to. With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the paid DLC might not be coming for a couple of months, but Ubisoft has announced that the 2nd season of free DLC is right around the corner. Perfect timing for a group of people looking to spend their time doing something other than watching Netflix.
Gaming is a luxury hobby that requires players to either wait for sales or make informed purchasing decisions on new games. When it comes to DLC the same process should be used when investing in post-release content regardless of how much a person enjoyed the base experience. Season Passes have become all the rage in the industry and often offer a reduced price that provides value for players who are already planning on playing all of the new content. That being said, there’s also nothing wrong with purchasing things piecemeal and spending money on the things that are most interesting.
The cool thing about Ubisoft’s rollout of post-release content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is that they’re giving owners of the game free DLC in addition to the paid content coming later in 2021. Not only does this provide value to people lacking expendable income, but it helps keep the player base engaged while they wait for the premium content. For better or worse the free content is often inconsequential to the overall narrative, which also means there’s no guilt in passing it over and waiting for the larger pieces of DLC.
Over the last decade, the rise of microtransactions has also come with the rise of season passes for games. This is a tactic used by publishers in order to get consumer money upfront in bulk for post-release DLC content that will come out over the span of weeks and/or months.
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The reason this works is because season passes are often cheaper than the price of buying all of the DLC separately and creates perceived value. Consumers should do their homework and become informed on whether or not Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s season pass is worth investing in upfront.
The Siege of Paris is the second of two announced major DLC expansions coming to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In terms of pricing, it is unknown how much it will cost but for the time being, the studio is planning for it to release in Summer 2021, but don’t be surprised if it slips to Fall 2021 instead. The expansion focuses on historical figures in Frankia and will have players enduring a rather lengthy siege as they control Eivor through it all. It’ll likely be the most involved and detailed siege offered in the game.
It seems that there isn’t going to be a new Assassin’s Creed title in 2021, and because of that, there shouldn’t be a rush to purchase DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as soon as possible. Players should determine what they value more and understand that there’s no rush to blitz through new content since a new entry likely won’t release until 2022. Waiting won’t only let people pace themselves accordingly, but it will often result in spending less money as post-release content is prone to sales and discounts.
The first premium piece of DLC Ubisoft has announced for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is titled The Wrath of the Druids. As the name would suggest the expansion focuses on taking Eivor to Ireland to explore and conquer. Here players will get the chance to take on a dangerous and creepy druidic cult and likely uncover mysteries along the way. The Wrath of the Druids is currently slated to release in Spring 2021, but no official specific date has been provided by Ubisoft yet. It’s unclear if the DLC will eventually be delayed due to pandemic related complications, however.
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Jerrad Wyche is a writer, designer, and producer hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His favorite video games include Mass Effect 2, Inside, Pokémon Soul Silver, Spelunky, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. He hosts his own weekly video game podcast at Controlled Interests and is a dedicated writer for TheGamer.
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