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- A revamped mobile experience
- Faster performance
- A Ubisoft tracker (easier to find threads from Ubisoft staff as well as staff replies within threads)
- Questions and Answers: you can post a new thread as a question and choose the best answer to mark it as resolved to help the rest of the community.
- A "My Feed" area to access easily all content you like: follow manually or automatically on topics according to your preferences (when you post, view, like, etc…)
- Improved search capabilities
- Preview the content in a thread before clicking
- Nested replies (thread in thread view)
- Infinite scroll (this can be disabled in your preferences)
- A new flagging/reporting system for content and members
- Tagging capabilities on the content you are posting
- Embedded content (images/videos)
- Private live chat between players (one-to-one or multiple users in a chat)
- Follow the community members you like
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Launch: November 10, 2020 - Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, PC (via Ubisoft Connect and Epic Games Store) / November 12 - PlayStation 5
Become Eivor, a Viking raider hailing from the cold and harsh lands of Norway, and take on a journey across the sea to the lush lands of ninth-century England. Build up your settlement by raiding fortresses and changing the balance of power, while determining the fate of England and your clan. Dual-wield a variety of weapons from shields, to swords, to axes, choose from a range of skills and go into battle your way, and earn your place in Valhalla. With cross-progression from the newly announced Ubisoft Connect, you’ll be able to save your game on one device and continue playing the same save on any other device where you own the game, truly allowing you to play anywhere.
Xbox Series X | S: Take in the mysterious Northern Lights of Norway or the majesty of England’s Stonehenge in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second on Xbox Series X. Thanks to the collaboration between the game team and Microsoft to implement Xbox Velocity Architecture and DirectStorage API on Xbox Series X | S, you can take full advantage of faster loading speeds for more play time, and a smoother and more powerful experience. With Smart Delivery you can purchase an Xbox One X version of the game and you’ll be able to upgrade at no extra cost when you get your new Xbox Series X | S*.
PlayStation 5: PS5 players can immerse themselves in the stunning open world with the power of the Tempest 3D Audio Engine to hear the environment around them, along with detailed 4K at 60 frames per second visuals, and faster loading speeds due to the additional power of the console’s ultra-high speed SSD. If you purchase a PS4 copy of the game, you’ll be able to upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5** edition.
Pre-order Assassin’s Creed Valhalla now, and check out our previous coverage for more news and details.
* Smart Delivery technology - buy the game once and play it on either Xbox One or Xbox Series X | S when both the console and that version of the game are available. Visit https://ubi.li/NextGenUpgrades for more details.
** Upgrade to the digital PS5 version of the game at no additional cost when and where available. To upgrade eligible PS4 disc copies, players need a PS5 console with a disc drive. Visit https://ubi.li/NextGenUpgrades for more details.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s focus on accessibility has been revealed today, joining Watch Dogs: Legion and Immortals Fenyx Rising as part of Ubisoft’s most accessible lineup of games to date. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has many core gameplay features, as well as a bevy of customization options designed to improve both usability and accessibility for players.
We spoke with Maimouna Brownrigg, user interface team lead at Ubisoft Montreal, and Franck Murcia, user experience director at Ubisoft Montreal, about these features and options and how the team set out to improve accessibility in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
FIRST-TIME USER EXPERIENCE FLOW
A core set of options is available to all when booting up the game for the first time to enable a smooth experience from the outset.
"We’re pretty proud of the ‘multiple methods to navigate menus’ option,” says Brownrigg. “Even as the developers, we realize how the free cursor was frustrating in some menus. We’ve been thinking about this since Assassin’s Creed Origins, so we’re pleased that we’ve been able to achieve this. But just having several ways for users to navigate ultimately benefits everyone."
"For controller remapping, we had a good foundation with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as well,” says Murcia. “The team has tried to improve some aspects of it, and we’ve also added things like being able to swap [the left and right] sticks, which was a community-requested feature."
Multiple Methods to Navigate Menus
In addition to the free-cursor and mouse navigation in menus, there will be an optional “Focus” mode that snaps the cursor to menu items and enables navigation with the left stick or WASD on keyboard. (Motor, Vision, Cognitive)
Control Remapping & Customization
There will be remapping for keyboard, mouse, and controllers. There are many complementary settings to customize controls (see list below). (Motor, Cognitive)
- Invert controls for camera, movement, and raven
- Swap sticks for both gameplay and menus on controller
- Sensitivity for camera/movement on controller and mouse
- Mouse acceleration
- Left-handed mouse
- Vibration (Off, Light, Full)
- Auto (On Foot) movement (PC & keyboard/mouse only)
On PC, you can fully disable either controllers or keyboard and mouse.
Several Alternatives for Hold Inputs
There will be alternatives for many hold actions (Motor, Cognitive), including:
- Aim toggle
- Two-step confirmations in UI instead of hold
- Weapon wheel toggle
Hold Length Adjustment for Interaction
You will be able to adjust the length of interaction holds from 100-1,000 milliseconds (0.1-1 second). (Motor, Cognitive)
Quick Time Events
You will be able to choose between one-time press, hold, or repeated presses for quick time events. (Motor, Cognitive)
There will be three levels of aim assistance for the bow. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)
"For an open-world game, you have a lot of components that are a part of the experience, and we thought it was natural to allow the player to really tweak those three aspects – fighting, stealth, and exploration – of the game," says Murcia. "We also added a small tweak to the gameplay for some cognitive feedback that helps you assassinate targets [with a guaranteed assassination]. It’s a small option, but it’s big for players who are struggling with stealth or are getting frustrated."
Screen Shake Toggle
You will be able to disable screen shake effects during gameplay. (Motion Sickness, Headaches, Vision)
There will be four settings to customize the challenge of combat. (Cognitive, Motor, Vision, Hearing)
There will be three settings to customize the challenge of stealth. (Cognitive, Motor, Vision, Hearing)
There will be three settings to customize the challenge of exploration. (Cognitive, Motor, Vision)
Regardless of the difficulty setting selected, this setting enables you to always assassinate higher-level enemies. When this feature is off some higher-level enemies will only be partially damaged by assassination attempts. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)
Full Progression and Gameplay Customization
From choosing skill tree progression and ability upgrades to putting together diverse weapons, tools, and armor loadouts, you will be able to customize your playstyle to suit your individual strengths. (Motor, Vision, Cognitive)
Odin’s Sight is a scan ability that will both identify and tag nearby loot and enemies with audio and visual cues. To enable further visual cues for Odin’s Sight, turn on Closed Captions (see Audio). (Cognitive, Vision, Motor)
When enemies are tagged with Odin’s Sight, there will be an outline and highlight on them. (Vision, Cognitive)
You will be able to control Eivor’s Raven in order to plan ahead by scouting areas, finding hidden points or areas of interest, investigating outposts, and tagging enemies or waypoints. (Cognitive, Vision)
Auto Follow Road/River on Horse and in Longboat
You will be able to have Eivor follow roads and rivers when riding mounts. (Motor, Vision, Cognitive)
There will be a list of tutorials and gameplay tips in the main menu. (Cognitive)
There are tips and tutorials for gameplay and menus throughout. You will be able to adjust how often these display in HUD settings. (Cognitive)
You will be able to replay onboarding tutorials from the menu. (Cognitive)
There are both contextual and persistent control prompts in-game that can be turned off in the HUD settings. (Cognitive)
Multiple Save Slots
You will be able to have multiple saves in separate save slots as well as regular auto-saves. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)
Gore and Blood Content
There will be a toggle to disable gore and blood content and animations. (Cognitive)
HUD and UI
"A big topic for us was menu font size. One of our frustrations with Assassin’s Creed Origins was that we realized way too late that our font size was too small" says Brownrigg. "We ended up talking about this and addressing it very early on [for Valhalla], and Stadia, as a platform on mobile, helped give us an extra push us in that direction to [increase font size]. It’s very challenging to design all menus with a large font in mind, because when I say font size, it also means the icon size, too."
Menu font size
There will be three settings to increase text size in the HUD and Menus. (Vision, Cognitive)
There will be three settings to increase icon size in the HUD and Menus. (Vision, Cognitive)
You will be able to customize which modules are displayed at all times for each HUD element. (Cognitive)
You will be able to enable a background for HUD elements to enhance contrast and legibility, as well as adjust the opacity percentage. (Cognitive, Vision)
Compass Icon Distance
You will be able to turn the distance markers in the compass on or off. (Cognitive, Vision, Motor)
You will be able to select from the main types of colorblindness, and some UI elements will adapt to improve perception. (Vision, Cognitive)
Text to speech
Menu Narration will be available in English across all settings menus and most elements of in-game menus. There are small functionality gaps in some in-game menu items. There is no narration for HUD. (Vision, Cognitive)
Text to Speech Pace and Volume
You will be able to individually adjust both the pace and volume of menu narration by percentage. (Vision, Cognitive)
Advanced image calibration
You'll be able to adjust the image brightness, contrast, and HDR settings. (Vision, Cognitive, Headaches)
"Closed-captioning is super important," says Murcia. "[Captions] can pop onscreen and point out objects that are interactive, or quest objectives that are around you. We’ve also tried to work on the volume and deliver a way to balance it. We’ve added a new way to adjust the master volume and the ambient volume so players can fade out some specific sounds. The audio team also did a lot of work to add audio beacons or notifications."
"We’ve also added a new option that is pretty cool," Murcia explains. "When your character is not able to move in a direction, we play a small audio cue to notify you that the character is stuck. We asked the programmers if we could do it, and we explained that it’s a request from blind players. It’s in the game, so we’re interested to see how it’s received."
You will be able to turn on visual notifications for various in-game sound elements – this also includes audio pings for the Odin’s Sight scan ability, which increases the visibility of Odin’s Sight. (Hearing,
There will be three settings to increase subtitle size. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)
You will be able to enable a background for subtitles to enhance contrast and legibility, as well as adjust the opacity percentage. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)
You will be able to display the names of the characters speaking before their lines, with improved legibility. (Hearing, Cognitive)
Turn Subtitles Off
You will be able to turn subtitles off completely to reduce how much is on screen at once. (Cognitive)
You will be able to set the master volume of the game. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)
Audio Dynamic Range
There will be multiple pre-sets that will enable a reduction in the difference between the quietest and loudest sounds. (Cognitive, Hearing)
You will be able to boost the audio levels of dialogue. (Cognitive, Hearing, Vision)
Obstacle Collision SFX
You will be able to enable Sound Effects to enhance feedback for collisions with Eivor. (Vision, Cognitive)
You will be able to reduce the frequency with which music plays throughout the game or turn it off. (Cognitive, Hearing, Vision)
Ambient Volume (planned for post-launch)
You will be able to set the ambient sounds volume of the game. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)