Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is in the works for the launch of both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (as well as PC and current systems), and it’s going to introduce a few changes to the Assassin’s Creed formula. The two most recent games in the series, Origins and Odyssey, have taken the series in a new direction by melding the action gameplay with RPG elements. Valhalla isn’t necessarily dropping those, but it sounds like progression will be a bit different in the new game.
Talking to Kotaku, creative director Ashraf Ismail has delved into the game’s progression system, as well as how new missions will be doled out, among other details. Ismail says that one of the goals with this game is to prevent players from hitting progression walls, so that you’re less likely to need to grind to level up.
“We have a new take on progression in this game,” Ismail says. “We have more the concept of power, power that is gained through, let’s say, the player gaining skills.” He wants to avoid “big progression walls” with this game, so that players can explore freely without being held back too much.
As we’ve previously reported, Valhalla is ditching a traditional leveling system in favor of a new “power” measurement. Ismail would not say whether the game would have an XP booster DLC, like Odyssey, simply stating that the developer wanted to “earn every single penny that you’re going to pay” for Valhalla.