How big is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?
Now, this is a question that nobody has an answer to at this point; unless we gather all the info we have so far and try to figure it out.
And that’s exactly what we are going to discuss in the following article.
We are going to talk about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla size because we all want to know how big the game actually is.
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla Size
So, I think we can all agree that when we talk about the size of a video game, we are in fact talking about three different things.
The first one is the actual size of the game, which refers to the space the game will require on our storage drives.
Obviously, there is no point to discuss this aspect yet, because it’s too early and we have no info on that.
And also, because I doubt that anyone knows (developers included) how big will be Assassin’s Creed Valhalla when it goes gold.
The second meaning of this term refers to the game length; and by that, we are talking about the time required to finish the story and all side-quests.
Now things get a little complicated so we need to backtrack a bit and look closer to the most recent Assassin’s Creed video games.
So let’s talk about the last 3 of them.
In 2015 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was released and we had the chance to explore London as twin assassins, Jacob and Evie.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate had 9 sequences and a total of 37 main missions.
Additionally, we had a series of memories we had to complete in order to find more about the most important characters of that time period: Alexander Graham Bell, Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Charles Dickens.
Those memories were divided into side-quests, and the base version of the game had around 27 of them.
Remember that we are talking about the main content here which was included in the base version. No activities, no collectibles, and no DLCs.
In 2017 Assassin’s Creed Origins was released and sent us to Ancient Egypt as Bayek.
The game features around 26 main missions and 98 side missions without DLCs, daily quests, and other activities and collectibles.
As we can see it is notably longer than the previous installment.
One year later, in 2018, as Kassandra or Alexios we had to complete around 76 main quests and 118 side-quests in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
And that’s without counting the board quests and other fillers.
A little bit too much?
I believe it is, and so is a large majority of gamers who have complained about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey being too bloated with unnecessary content.
What we can understand from these numbers is that the Assassin’s Creed games have been growing progressively larger and larger over the years.
So, where does this leave us with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?
At first, it looked like somewhere in the middle because according to Malek Teffaha, Ubisoft’s head of communications for the Middle East, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla “will not be the biggest or longest in the series”.
The tweet you see below however was removed shortly after being published, which means two things.
It was either a mistake or it is a translation error.
Luckily for us Julien Laferrière the producer of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla officially confirmed in an interview on his YouTube channel that the game and the map size in Vallhala are both bigger than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
The interview is available on his YouTube channel and this piece of information is quite important. In fact, this is the first time when my French classes paid off.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Game Size
Jokes aside what most people want to know is if the content from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be as in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, meaning mostly fillers, and fetch quests; or it will be different.
According to Ashraf Ismail, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will have a much better story-driven experience and what’s even more important “old school assassins will love this game”.
So, this settles one thing.
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla we have more content than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey but with a different structure; which thanks to Ubisoft and Ashraf Ismail who paid attention to their fans, means that we won’t have to grind all over again and that we won’t have to play boring side-quests.
Regarding the game’s structure, Ashraf Ismail clearly outlines that the goal of the development team is to just let players play the content they want.
“Players who want to enjoy the game’s narrative will be able to, while those who want to enjoy the game’s settlement building gameplay can put their time into that”.
Ismail said that “it’s really up to players to decide how they want to consume the content”.
What we can understand from this statement is that we will have more freedom than in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey without having to grind gear and experience points to undertake a specific mission in the game.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Map Size
The third meaning of a game size can also refer to the area we get to explore in the game. Or, if you want the map’s size.
If we have to compare the last 3 Assassin’s Creed games the maps would look like this:
In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, London had a surface of 3.70 km2, while Egypt in AC Origins had 80 km2.
Another jump was made by AC Odyssey with the map of Greece which had 130 Km2.
This, however, can’t be compared with the map of the Caribbean in AC Black Flag, which had 235 km2.
If we remember Julien’s statement, the map in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is bigger than the one in Odyssey; which means we are talking about at least 130 km2.
Although I doubt it will be bigger than the map of AC Black Flag, it is quite normal since we are talking about a lot of locations that we’ll get to explore.
I won’t go into details about the locations because we did this here, but if we take a closer look at the map below we can see the Vikings’ expansion in Europe between the eighth and 11th centuries.
The colors we need to focus on are green and red.
Red shows the Viking settlements during the time period when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes place; which is the year 873.
Green shows the areas that were heavily attacked by Vikings.
Now, we know that Great Britain is our main area; but there are others that have been somehow leaked by Ubisoft in their trailers.
We also know that parts of Nothern Europe (in dark brown on this map), are included.
Make sure you watch this Assassin’s Creed Valhalla locations breakdown.
If we take a closer look we can see that Great Britain alone and the western shores of Scandinavia are way bigger than ancient Greece.
Although there is a different time period; the land didn’t change its size, and Greece where Assassin’s Creed Odyssey took place; is still smaller than the northern region we get to explore in Valhalla.
Back to our Assassin’s Creed Valhalla map size; I believe we are talking about around 150 km2 which is a bit more than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
So, what do you guys think? Is this big enough for you?