While Odyssey’s epic scale and 60 hour+ length were appreciated by many, there was mention of the amount of less meaningful content and long travel times between major moments. In our mostly glowing review, we did single that out for criticism: “Oftentimes the payoff of a major character reveal was dulled because I had to spend six hours chasing my tail through half the Greek world to reach it.”
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla First Screenshots
This by no means indicates that Valhalla will be a straightforwardly small game, though – creative director Ashraf Ismail previously told us that the game would feature a Norway region as well as four English kingdoms, making up “quite a large chunk of England” in total.
Hopefully, this move will mean a more densely packed game – it certainly sounds like there’s a fair bit to do, from building a Viking settlement to fishing, hunting and, er, historically accurate Viking rap battles.
We’re due to see the first gameplay trailer for Valhalla in today’s Inside Xbox broadcast for third-party games – here’s how you can watch it live.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter.