The players of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla get to enjoy Paris this summer, now that Ubisoft announced the second Valhalla expansion, The Siege of Paris, which is set to launch on August 12, 2021. But the new expansion brings more than just an expanded narrative. It also brings several quality-of-life improvements and new scaling options for those who wish for more challenging gameplay.
A new update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, set to go live on July 27, will add numerous game improvements and new content. These include level scaling options, which allow the players to override the game’s difficulty settings, as reported by Eurogamer. Additionally, the new patch sets the game up for an upcoming event, the Sigrblot Festival, which will run from July 29 to August 19, with the new expansion, The Siege of Paris, launching right in the middle of it, on August 12. But that’s not all the new patch, version 1.3.0, has to offer.
In its current state, Valhalla offers a range of different territories with difficulties tied to the player’s gear level, which poses difficulty issues with differently geared players. Those playing the Assassin’s Creed game for the first time usually have issues with overcoming opponents in newly accessed areas of the game, while those who completed the game find re-plays way too uninspiring to continue playing. The newly added scaling options resolve both issues by adjusting the NPC levels to the players liking, offering five distinct difficulties while not affecting boss encounters and mechanics, as those have their intended difficulty setting.
With the scaling set to Off, the enemies in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will appear exactly as described by the region description. The Default setting, how the game was meant to be played, brings the enemies’ difficulty level to 30 levels under the player’s current level. The Constant setting is where things become more interesting for those looking for a challenge, as it sets the enemies’ difficulty level to match that of the play. Finally, Harder and Nightmare mode propel enemies by 20 or 50 difficulty levels above the player, respectively. These should keep the game interesting for “hard-mode” fans of Ubisoft’s best-selling gaming franchise.
The Siege of Paris, the upcoming expansion for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, sets Eivor, the game’s protagonist, off on a new series of quests. They’ll be visiting, as the name of the expansion suggests, Francia – the largest post-Roman Kingdom in Western Europe. This adds tons of new content, weapons, skills, and abilities that allow players a broader choice of execution methods against their assigned targets, which is what the game is all about if you exclude the overwhelming narrative of the series.
Assassin’s Creed is Ubisoft’s best-selling franchise and one of the highest-selling video game franchises of all time, having reached 155 million sold copies by October 2020. The gaming series’ massive success warranted a live-action movie, a live-action series currently in development at Netflix, and a subscription-based Assassin’s Creed game, called Infinity, that’s currently in development at Ubisoft. Word has it that the new game will offer live-service components akin to Fortnite’s ever-evolving platform.