In its latest earnings call, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will benefit from a better post-release support strategy in comparison to 2018’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Intriguingly, Ubisoft came under fire a few days ago from unhappy fans who claim the publisher prioritized microtransaction, rather than releasing valuable post-release updates and content that will better Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Much of the repercussion comes from concerns about the grind required to progress and obtain good equipment. Players particularly took note of the nine gear sets being sold in the in-game shop, the same number of sets available in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla main.
This is specifically worrisome when considering equipment sets can give stat bonuses that affect gameplay. Add this to the high cost of said sets and there lies the perfect storm for developing fan disappointment.
The game’s mistakes don’t appear to have badly impacted sales, though. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s commercial success drove the company to its most lucrative quarter to date, which saw the French game publisher bring in $1.2 billion during 2020’s holiday season.
The most recent word from Ubisoft about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla suggests it’s just getting started content-wise. During the latest earnings call with investors, the publisher insisted that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will “benefit from a stronger and longer post-launch program” compared to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Specific details weren’t provided during that time, but there’s plenty to pick out from the announcement when taking Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s post-release offerings into consideration.
Most players would agree the post-release content rollout for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was remarkable, in spite of a narrative mistake that Ubisoft Quebec hastily changed. Paid and free content was spread out over the course of a few months.
Players frequently received new side missions, equipment, and other major updates free of charge. The paid expansion came in the form of two separate story DLCs, The Fate of Atlantis and Legacy of the First Blade, each separated into three episodes.
So far, the free offerings in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla aren’t particularly on par, with the Yule Festival last December leading the charge on this front. However, new modes, additional settlement festivals, and equipment should be coming as freebies this spring.
With regards to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s paid DLCs, two are coming out soon – The Siege of Paris and Wrath of the Druids. The Wrath of Druids expansion is on track to release on an unannounced date during the spring, while The Siege of Paris should follow summer 2021.