Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will not have traditional side quests13th July 2020
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will not feature traditional side quests, but instead there will be numerous “world events” that occur spontaneously.
This is notably different than in the last two entries to the franchise, as both Origins and Odyssey contained a multitude of extra missions that were optional.
Given that protagonists Bayek and Alexios/Kassandra lived in Egypt and Greece respectively, this made sense in the narrative as they were aiding their fellow natives.
However, Eivor – the lead character in Valhalla – is a Viking who invades England and so the game’s immersion would be broken if random Saxons were asking for their help.
Speaking to GameSpot, narrative director Darby McDevitt revealed that side quests – in their traditional form – are “nonexistent”.
Instead, there will be “world events” that take their place and these will occur spontaneously, which in turn means players will not have to actively seek them out.
There is still little detail on how these unconventional side quests will function, but it is promising to see a different approach implemented, as otherwise many of the additional activities would have felt contrived.
Elsewhere, McDevitt also shed light on how romance options have also been tweaked for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
In Odyssey, the player was often given specific dialogue options that led to romantic encounters.
However, most of these were inconsequential, as only a few secondary characters appeared again and made reference to these moments.
In the upcoming iteration, Eivor will have the ability to engage in fleeting romances, a long-term relationship, or a combination of both with multiple characters.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release for the PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 17, 2020.
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