Assassin’s Creed Valhalla day one player count smashes AC: Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla seems to be going down pretty well, then. The Viking era sequel massively outperformed its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, on launch day according to publisher Ubisoft.

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In a press release, Ubisoft announced that Valhalla had doubled the number of day one players compared to their latest time-hopping AC instalment back in 2018. Considering how beloved Odyssey was (and still is), that’s no small feat.

Then again, it should come as no surprise. COVID-19 and a patchwork of regional and national lockdowns around the globe have led to a spike in “player engagement” as more of us turn to video games as a safe escape. Not only that, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S finally touching down, plenty of gamers will have no doubt picked up a copy of Valhalla to see what these new machines are capable of.

Here’s what Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, said about Valhalla’s reception:

We are humbled by the reception from the players and extremely proud of what our teams have accomplished with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which builds on the amazing success of its predecessors. In the context of COVID-19, shipping Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on no less than seven platforms is an incredible achievement for all of the teams involved around the world. We are excited to greet players on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 with a game that unleashes the power of the new hardware. This paves the way for an exciting Christmas period, with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla set to be one of this season’s biggest hits.

We’re still beavering away at our review playthrough of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Having upgraded our copy of the game from PS4 to PS5 we’re keen to dive back in and see where Eivor’s Viking adventures take us.

Source: Press Release


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