The second major expansion for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be released on 12 August, taking players to Francia to “explore the lush countryside, forge alliances, and behold new enemies”. Protagonist Eivor will continue to lead the way in The Siege of Paris, exploring locations the series hasn’t visited since Unity.
The new content takes inspiration from the historical Viking siege of the city in 885 AD. It depicts the kingdom of the Franks and a violent contest with its Carolingian emperor, Charles the Fat.
The Sigrblot Festival
The release date was announced as part of this week’s free update, which brings the Sigrblot Festival. From 29 July to 19 August, the Sigrblot Festival will bring new quests, rewards, level scaling and weapons to the base game.
These include the addition of one-handed swords, friendly tournaments, and another opportunity to play the dice game called Orlog. The new quests will have the player gathering supplies for the Siege of Paris.
A new sonic landscape
Valhalla’s wide selection of original music will be augmented with The Siege of Paris’s accompanying soundtrack, which will also be released on 12 August. It’s composed by Stephanie Economou, and the track ‘Hásæti’ is available now.
Instruments including the vielle, hurdy gurdy, and lyre form part of the score, in addition to vocals in Old Norse, Latin and French. “As it turns out, there’s very little surviving record of musical repertory, other than sacred or liturgical music,” Economou told Ubisoft News, “so I borrowed from ancient instrument palettes of slightly later eras, like the Medieval and Renaissance periods.”
“Though the score is entrenched in this acoustic world,” Economou said, “I wanted to frame the music in a less traditional way, so you’ll often hear these instruments detuned, liberally sliding between notes, and unconventionally scraped or hit percussively. They are also treated with modern production, giving the raw sound palette a processed, distorted edge.”
The previous expansion, Wrath of the Druids, was launched in May and set in Ireland. It proved to be a sufficiently flattering portrait of Ireland that Tourism Ireland used it in a marketing campaign.
“Ubisoft has done an incredible job in bringing aspects of Celtic Ireland to life in amazing detail,” said Tourism Ireland’s Mark Henry. “We want to spike players’ curiosity about the featured locations and inspire them to come and explore them in the real world.”
More Valhalla content planned
In addition to The Siege of Paris’s virtual history tour through Viking-befallen West Francia, Ubisoft are planning on releasing the Discovery Tour Viking Age this summer while planning new Valhalla content for 2022.
Presumably, this will help to pad out the Assassin’s Creed experience until we learn more about Assassin’s Creed Infinity, a collaboration between Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Quebec that Bloomberg reported will be a continually evolving live service game.