Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Third Expansion Teased at Ubisoft Forward E3 Event
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E3 2021 kicked off with Ubisoft Forward, an hour-long event where Ubisoft showcased a number of upcoming titles. The show featured a glimpse at several new impressive looking games, such as Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extraction and Avatar Frontiers of Pandora.
Fans of Assassin's Creed were given a first look at the Siege of Paris expansion, which is set to launch in Summer 2021. It was announced that Black Box Missions (from Unity and Syndicate) would be returning, suggesting that players will be infiltrating hideouts to eliminate targets in the DLC.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Discovery Tour was also revealed, a combat-free historical tool that explores the ordinary lives of those living in 9th Century Britain, and provides educational resources for those looking to learn more about the era.
A new game mode titled 'Mastery Challenges' also made an appearance (out now), along with the highly-requested one-handed sword options, which will be added to the game over the coming weeks. Basim's robes cemented Ubisoft's dedication to Valhalla free content, as the company looks to keep players engaged for longer with 'live games' that continuously release new features.
As the section on Assassin's Creed came to a close, Ubisoft teased that Valhalla will be getting a second year of live content, including unannounced expansions and many more surprises. It is currently unknown if a second season pass purchase will be required to access the year 2 content.
The short teaser for the third Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC hinted that Odin would return to confront Eivor, and that a new realm would be accessible. Seeing the teaser for the first time, you could be forgiven in thinking it was a glimpse at an upcoming Elder Scrolls game, as it resembles the gates featured in TES IV Oblivion.
At the end of the show, Yves Guillemot reflected on a 'difficult year' for the company, but failed to acknowledge the elephant in the room. After a full year of misconduct allegations and investigations within the company, his message missed the mark, and felt hollow for many fans. This really was disappointing, but overall, it was a pretty good show that showcased a nice range of upcoming games.
It's an exciting time to be an Assassin's Creed fan, with year 2 of Valhalla content and a ton of transmedia material such as a Netflix TV show (Transmedia Roadmap article) to look forward to.
As always, we stand with the victims, and the AC Sisterhood / #HoldUbisoftAccountable movements.
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