Good evening from Greece and happy new year to everyone!
I wanted to discuss a topic that has not got as much attention as it should, in my opinion at least. Now that every personal view on ac valhalla has been written and discussed, I wanted to address my personal opinion not only for valhalla, but for ac in general.
IMO the biggest problem with assassin creed, is it's fanbase. Up until 2012, everybody hated Desmond.Every forum, comment, review, captured Desmond as a boring and blunt character. Ubisoft listened to the fans and killed him. After this decision, ubisoft didn't have and idea what they were doing with the franchise. We had like 5 games that the present day didn't progress a bit, and they 'finished' it in comics!!
Another issue the fanbase triggered, was the repeating tone of every new game. Even though I agree on some level, this made ubisoft changed the formula of the games, turning them into RPG. I am rpg game addict, I love playing them, but this is assassin's creed. You can't make a proper assassin's creed game with rpg elements. And we can see this in the last 3 AC games. Even though I enjoyed origins and loved Valhalla, this doesn't feel right. I want to feel like assassin, everybody wants to feel like assassin.
Unity is the most assassin's creed game we will ever have (speaking only for it's elements). Apart from its bugs and glitches, still the fanbase wanted a change, they didn't like it back then. But NOW you can see that everybody wants a game JUST LIKE IT!
Another example of this, do you think back to AC 3, they planned on bringing Desmond back as the Reader? Of course not. They did it because apparently he is likable again and we all miss him. The Grey thing Juno said, the 'find Eve' , the 'awaken the sixth' , were not meant to come back in any game! They killed her in comics! They brought these stuff back (and in a stunning way), because we cried out for a change, again! A change to a previous tone of AC. So we, as a fanbase, are also responsible on this issue. I hated ubisoft for so long killing my favourite franchise. But now I realise that we also are to blame for their decision. They should have never listened to any of those wanting Desmond removed. Let me know your view on this topic. I believe with Valhalla they did a first step of fixing their mistake. Only thing we can do is hope that they will continue with this story, and don't throw it away like they did with the previous one.