Ubisoft has accidentally leaked a mission that will be part of the Season Pass for Assassin's Creed Valhalla. The mission revolves around the Old English epic poem Beowulf.
This comes via the German Uplay store. We've used Google Translate to put the text in English, so some errors are to be expected. Scrolling down to the bottom of the store listing for Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition lists extra content under the "Season Pass" heading. First, the Pass promises to deliver "epic new content...new countries...[and] new gear". Secondly, the listing mentions a new story mission called "The Legend of Beowulf".
The mission purports to tell the "cruel truth" behind the legend of Beowulf. It's worth noting that, as per the Uplay listing, this appears to be separate content to the pre-order bonus mission "The Way of the Berserker", which is listed separately. Also important to note is the fact that this information doesn't appear on the various English-language listings for the game. Instead, that listing simply promises an "immersive Story Mission, available at launch".
What approach will Assassin's Creed Valhalla take with Beowulf?
While Beowulf himself doesn't feature in any historical manuscript, several of the poem's characters - including Healfdene, Eadgils, and Ohthere - are mentioned elsewhere in history. Beowulf is likely a poetic invention based in some part on historical fact, so exactly what the "cruel truth" behind Beowulf's legend could be remains to be seen. We'll have to wait and see what Ubisoft plans to deliver in this mission.
If past form is to be believed, Ubisoft could be gearing up to release a series of missions based on English folklore and mythology. Assassin's Creed Odyssey's The Fate of Atlantis featured episodes based on the titular lost city as well as Elysium and the Underworld. Beowulf's presence in Valhalla's Season Pass could point to a similar approach. English folklore is ripe for similar excursions, so missions based on the legends of King Arthur or Gawain and the Green Knight wouldn't be hugely unlikely. We'll bring you more on Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Season Pass content as we get it.
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