Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok, arriving next March, raises one very important question about the series.
Specifically, why does Ubisoft even bother with the Animus? No, I’m not having a pop at the series itself, but the series’ Templars/Assassin story is so horribly convoluted it’s surely time to let it die. Dawn of Ragnarok, the next big Assassin’s Creed Valhalla expansion pack sounds great. You, as Eivor get to engage in a massive, mythology-laden war against all manner of creatures, and that’s great.
Certainly, the trailer, cinematic as it is, gives me high hopes that Dawn of Ragnarok will deliver some suitably epic action and that Eivor will be dragged in to fulfil their role as.. well, I won’t risk spoiling it for you. Yes, I’ve been lied to by trailers before, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. Ubisoft boast that it’s the “most ambitious expansion in franchise history”, and the fact it throws enemies made of fire and ice at you suggests developers Ubisoft Sofia have gone all out.
But there’s going to be some convoluted explanation as to why this is tied the Isu themselves, either it’s a continuation of the main game’s flashbacks, or it’s the Animus glitching or so forth. I’d sooner see Ubisoft drop the whole messy “ancient humans” thing and just lean into each game’s respective world. Marvel may have got away with making Thor and friends otherworldly beings, but it doesn’t quite work here.
Still, that’s not going to stop us from diving into Dawn of Ragnarok, which is set to arrive this March 10th across all formats. It it won’t be cheap, though, costing £32.99 according to the PlayStation Store, on top of the cost of the original game. So you might want to hang around for the reviews before you put your money down, despite the pre-order incentives Ubisoft is offering.