Assassin’s Creed Valhalla turns into a roguelite with today’s free Forgotten Saga update

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla may have seen the last paid DLC pack with Dawn Of Ragnarök in March, but today’s free Forgotten Saga update hopes to bring you back to the game again and again. That’s because it was inspired by roguelites, see. Refresh your memory about Valhalla by watching the trailer below.

The saga Forgotten Saga is meant to be a roguelite-style experience in the realm of the dead, Niflheim, plunging headfirst into the realms of Norse fantasy introduced to Valhalla in Dawn Of Ragnarök. Don’t worry, because you won’t need the paid expansion to play Forgotten Saga – it will be unlocked after you reach a certain point in the game, easily accessible through a new shack in the village of Ravensthorpe. This time you play as Odin, who will die, rinse, and repeat his way through Niflheim and its rocky foes in search of their lost son Baldr.

Niflheim doesn’t like to take a leisurely stroll through the Scandinavian wilderness. Odin has to brave brave environments such as the frozen Kaldstadt region, the toxic swamps of Niedheim, and eventually swing to Castle Hill. In addition to the standard minions to avoid, every district of Niflheim has a boss to beat in the form of one of Hel’s heroes. There will be secret areas to search for, and the NPCs will present side quests that you won’t be able to tackle in just one round.

Odin starts with a random set of gear, but you’ll need to scavenge everything you can find to boost their chances of success by knocking out enemies, completing global quests and spending in-game currency in the merchant’s shop. Get defeated by Hill’s buddies, and you’ll lose all the fancy things Odin collects. If you are kicked out of Niflheim, you will at least have the option to spend ability points in a new skill tree to improve your chances of finding suitable equipment next time.

The Sigrblot Festival in Ravensthorpe is back August 4-25, too, if you like good Viking knees. There are ‘Exclusive Ceremonial Awards’ to be had, but you have to have arrived in England first, have completed either the Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire story arcs, and be at level two. Update 1.60 also fixes some issues with main and side missions from Dawn Of Ragnarök, and adds some miscellaneous improvements.

Alice Bee dug up the game’s definitive DLC in our Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarök review. “There is a little bit more sense of wonder, and more strange things to see all over the place,” she said. “It won’t impress fanciers at Elden Ring, but it’s probably the most captivating world of Valhalla, which is enough proof in my book that Ubisoft Sofia is ready to be cracked into a full game.”

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available on Ubisoft Connect and the Epic Games Store for £50 / $60 / €60. You can read the full patch notes for update 1.60 here.

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