What you need to know
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the latest entry in the long-running Assassin's Creed game franchise.
- It takes the series to the Viking era and has received numerous praises for its world, gameplay, and graphics.
- The game hasn't been without issues, so a new patch is being released tomorrow to fix a ton of problems.
- The update aims to improve performance, but also adds new game modes for the Xbox Series X, Series S, and PS5.
One of the latest games to occupy everyone's time is Assassin's Creed Valhalla, an impressive showcase for next-gen consoles that combines a bewilderingly large world with gorgeous graphics and satisfying gameplay. That being said, the game has had far from the smoothest launch, with plenty of lingering problems on several platforms, especially next-gen consoles like the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5. To respond to these issues, Ubisoft is releasing a new patch throughout tomorrow (opens in new tab) with a sizeable number of fixes, improvements, and additions to Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
The most noticeable changes being made include new toggles for all next-gen consoles for "Performance" and "Quality" modes. Performance mode has been the default on Xbox Series X and PS5, prioritizing a stable 60fps framerate over the best possible visuals. Quality mode has been the default on Xbox Series S, prioritizing graphics while dropping the framerate down to 30fps. Now, all consoles have the option of both modes, meaning Xbox Series S owners can drop the visual quality down and achieve 60fps inside of Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
There are also some improvements for performance, especially on the Xbox Series X, which has had reports of screen tearing in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, among tons of general improvements, small tweaks, and a lot of balancing changes for gear and more. You can read the full changelog at Ubisoft's website.
If you haven't tried Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, it's an incredible game that can become bogged down in the endgame with the absurd amount of content that's contained within. If you need some help getting started, check out our Beginners Guide to Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Those who want to get the most out of this gorgeous game, or their new consoles, should consider one of the Best 4K TVs for Xbox Series X|S, or one of the Best Black Friday 4K TV Deals if you're looking to save some cash.
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the newest entry into the highly popular franchise by Ubisoft Montreal. Embrace your inner Viking and take over England as the Raven Clan.
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Can't wait for Digital Foundry to analyse this! Also, the game was already beautiful in its Performance mode. I wonder what it's gonna look like in its Quality mode 😊.
Will there be 2 modes on the S? I thought that was usually reserved for the X version of the game.
Previously, all next-gen consoles only had one mode by default. This update will add a second mode to all three.
Nice. That's always a nice move.
Using the xbox one version..latest patch. However, still some issues, particularly in fishing....restricted movement ..Looks like player is supposed to hold the caught fish, but has nothing in his outstretched arms...looks rather funky. Odin's sight push response and raven LT response not very good.
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