Ubisoft has released a free update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, adding a new roguelite mode to the Viking adventure.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Forgotten Saga feels like a fairly typical roguelite expansion, casting you as Odin to fight in a procedurally generated world. Set in Niflheim, you will return to the beginning of the realm after each kill, losing any buffs and weapons you acquired along the way.
There is an element of persistence, however. You’ll be able to find more gear and runes in each run, as well as unlocking new skills and upgrades in a skill tree. NPCs offering side quests also dot the world, though Ubisoft says (opens in new tab) you’ll need to try multiple runs if you want to see them all.
While Forgotten Saga is a separate game mode that has little impact on the main game’s story, successfully completing it will give you a new set of gear for Eiover. You’ll need to reach a certain point in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to unlock it, however, as it’s accessed through Everold’s Hut in Ravensthorpe. You can build this after traveling to Asgard for the first time.
It’s certainly a change of pace. Niflheim hasn’t appeared in Valhalla before, and Ubisoft has never produced a roguelite set in the Assassin’s Creed universe. Speaking of Forgotten Saga’s reveal trailer (opens in new tab)Assassin’s Creed Valhalla producer Jose Araiza called it the “most ambitious game mode” Ubisoft has made for the series.
Interestingly, however, it sounds somewhat similar to Niflheim’s maze mini-game in God of War. This challenges you to search for chests in a poisonous maze, before returning to the maze entrance to deposit your loot. While Niflheim’s rendition of God of War isn’t exactly a roguelite, it’s interesting that both Sony and Ubisoft have seen the Norse realm as prime material for a standalone mini-game.
More content is also on the way for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The in-game Sigrblot festival will run from August 4th to August 25th, giving players new missions to play, limited-time events to participate in, and rewards to pick up.
We expect bigger news next month, when Ubisoft says (opens in new tab) will reveal “the future of Assassin’s Creed”. Expect to hear more about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Infinity live service platform, as well as the stealth spin-off Assassin’s Creed Rift.