Assassins Creed: Valhalla won't be as bloated in response to Odyssey's gameplay criticism

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, May 7, 2020 6:30 PM
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It looks like Ubisoft has taken notes from criticism about their previous Assassins Creed game, Assassins Creed: Odyssey, as it seems like they have addressed the bloated gameplay that many fans complained about. So Assassins Creed: Valhalla will be smaller and shorter in scale, but that's not to say though that the game will still be small by any means.

In a recent tweet by Malek Teffaha, the head of communications for the Middle East at Ubisoft, he announced that AC Valhalla “won’t be the longest or biggest game in the series. They addressed criticism on this one.” So those of you who were worried about the bloated gameplay and grindy nature of AC Odyssey will be relieved to hear that Valhalla has addressed those concerns.

But the game won’t be small though, not by any standard still, as it will feature 4 English kingdoms as well as a small area in Norway. Since the main story revolves around the players taking control of Eivor, a Viking leader, and creating and maintaining a settlement in England, there’s no doubt that this initial area in Norway will be where the player will start the tutorial and kick off the main campaign’s story.

The journey starts in Norway and it will eventually lead to England, where again it’s about this idea of settling the people and building this thriving settlement,” said Ashraf Ismail, the Creative Director of Assassins Creed Valhalla.

The Inside Xbox gameplay reveal event for the Xbox Series X showed off some in-engine gameplay footage, and whilst it wasn't quite what we wanted, or even expected, we did get a better look at the locations and some more info revolving around AC Valhalla's gameplay.

Recently we also got a good glimpse at the location and setting for AC: Valhalla in the cinematic trailer that debuted a week ago, which followed on from the that really strange but kind of interesting location reveal the day before.

Assassins Creed: Valhalla is slated for release in Holiday 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X.

What do you think of the news? Are you glad Ubisoft is taking a step back in the bloated and grindy gameplay of AC Odyssey? What were you expecting to see instead in the gameplay reveal? Let us know!

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17:17 May-08-2020

Remove the level-scaling which added to insurmountable grind and completely killed any meaning in levelling up and trim down the fat. Make it like Origins and people will love it.

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11:23 May-08-2020

I don't know about you guys but I just want all the awesome tiny details from origins back in this one after them being absent from odyssey. Like the cloth physics and you actually get wet when you just come out of water.....oh and my favorite one...…. there were literal dust particles coming down as you climbed a hill. Yep odyssey was missing all of this :(

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11:09 May-09-2020

The best tiny detail was the NPCs coming with boats to rescue you if you are in the water. I was literally waiting in the greek waters of odyssey for some fisherman but no one came

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18:09 May-09-2020

Ah....Finally a man of quality!! See what I mean :(

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07:21 May-08-2020

I hope it also doesn't have as awful loot system, braindead sidequests or complete lack of engaging main quest.

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00:07 May-08-2020

If they really going to listen to criticism then bring back Juno properly and just kill her off in a dam comic book, i want a proper ending to her

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23:24 May-07-2020

I really hated the grind of AC Odyssey.

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21:06 May-07-2020

That's good, cause they've already milked AC franchise like hell. Prefer less same boring repetitive quests ('go to kill few bandits here', 'go fetch some item there' and ****ty grind like that for hours).


I hope they focus on quality this time, that's why I liked Witcher 3 and RDR2 - interesting random encounters, side quests line with interesting minor stories, that's what keeps me going in SP games, neither AC Origins/Odyssey had that, only MTX sketch.

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19:18 May-07-2020

As Raycevick said in one of his detailed reviews (I believe this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMl_PG_V0Zo), games should leave you wanting more rather than milking you out on a repetitive long lasting "story line". I think his arguments are totally valid, especially the one where he states that it's either you buy an expensive game and enjoy just a few hours with it, or you enjoy 20 hours of more repetitive stuff, which makes it worth more for your money. I think you could also set this argument for movies.

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18:57 May-07-2020

If they concentrate on better quests and more focused exploration it will be great.


Odyssey was already quite a good step forward on quests quality compared to Origins and I hope they continue to make them better. However, Odyssey was way too big for it's own good. Side-quests density was too low and the bloat was enormous.


Looking forward to this one.

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18:54 May-07-2020

For me, that's very good news. I was afraid they'd do something even bigger than the last game. I prefer something smaller and shorter but better told and less repetitive.

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