Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Update Adds New River Raids Mode And Other Improvements
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ended up being one of the best games of 2020 thanks to its immersive world, satisfying combat, and compelling narrative that propelled the Assassin’s Creed lore forward in meaningful ways. Despite coming out of the gates strong, Ubisoft has continued to update the experience through patches and in-game events, like the Yule Season content, which has been running since December. A new title update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, set to hit all platforms tomorrow, adds even more content to the ongoing event, including a new and highly replayable mode.
River Raids mode allows you to ready your raiding crew for previously unexplored parts of England. Storm the shores to claim enticing loot and rewards, and take on new challenges. River Raids joins Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as a part of the ongoing Yule Season content, free to all players through Title Update 1.1.2.
This update also adds three new abilities: Berserker Trap, Battle Cry, and Shoulder Bash. Berserker Trap is activated by movement, attaches to your arrow, and spreads a hallucinatory powder. Battle Cry gives Eivor a rage-induced strength boost that also causes nearby enemies to stumble and stop attacks out of fear. Shoulder Bash is, fittingly enough, a strong bash of the shoulder that can push enemies back and destroy objects.
In addition, players can expect new skills, like automatically carrying bodies after a successful assassination, a slide move that knocks enemies off balance, a long-ship speed boost, better arrow looting, starting every fight with an adrenaline-filled slot, and synchronized bracing on the long ship. If you’re looking for more about the overall improvements (like how runes and resources now return to your inventory when an item is lost or the ton of bug fixes), check out the official Ubisoft post on the update.
The Title Update 1.1.2 download is a hefty one: Xbox Series X/S players get the worst of it, with their download hitting nearly 20GB. Xbox One players can expect a download of just over 15GB, while PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players range from 10 to 12GB. Those playing on PC should expect an 18GB download when the patch is deployed across all platforms tomorrow around 4 a.m. Pacific / 7 a.m. Eastern.
For more on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, be sure to check out our review. To learn about the direction the game is heading (as well as some questions about the game’s design), check out our interview about the reception to and post-launch plans for Ubisoft’s 2020 blockbuster here.