Assassin's Creed Valhalla was the biggest AC game launch in history, says Ubisoft

By Heidi Nicholas,
Assassin's Creed Valhalla has been out for almost a week for PlayStation players, and Ubisoft has now revealed that Valhalla had the biggest AC game launch in series history.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla launched on November 10th for the PS4 and the Xbox Series X|S, with the PS5 version arriving on November 12th. Valhalla's success was already evident in that Ubisoft had announced that the number of active players for Valhalla on launch day was double that of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Now, Ubisoft has followed that up with the announcement that Assassin's Creed Valhalla has "sold through more units in its first week than any other Assassin's Creed game."

Julien Laferrière, a producer on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, said, “we are truly delighted by the enthusiastic response from players and want to thank the fans for their incredible support... Delivering this game amid a global pandemic was a true tour de force by our teams and it’s fantastic to see players enjoying the game so much... Launch is only the beginning and we have robust content plans for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that will keep players immersed in their epic Viking saga for a long time to come.”

The plans for Valhalla post-launch do look good. Ubisoft has already detailed the post-launch and Season Pass content for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and it involves two major expansions and a bonus mission with the Season Pass, as well as regular free content for all players. The first expansion, Wrath of the Druids, takes us to Ireland in early spring 2021 to investigate the druid cult, the Children of Danu, while the second expansion, The Siege of Paris, follows in early summer 2021 and takes place in Francia. The free content will be scattered over the rest of this year and 2021. First up is the Yule Festival, arriving in Eivor's settlement at the end of 2020. The next piece of free content arrives in spring 2021, followed by the third in summer 2021, and the fourth in fall 2021.

Ubisoft shared some player stats for Valhalla's launch week, and it seems players have been enjoying the dice game Orlog even more than the drinking or flyting contests. Overall, players have won over 3.5 million games of Orlog, as opposed to the over 1.8 million players who have won at least one drinking game. Players have also travelled over 4 million kilometres and unlocked over 55 million buildings for their settlements.

Since Valhalla will see some pretty big pieces of DLC arriving over 2021, it's likely the game's success will continue. How are you liking Assassin's Creed Valhalla so far?
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!