The Siege of Paris Release Date Aug 12

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s latest update arrives tomorrow, July 27. In addition to adding level scaling, changes to the skill tree, and a handful of new skills, title update 1.3.0. added support for an upcoming Sigrblot Festival limited time event and the upcoming and The Siege of Paris DLC. The latter has been revealed to be released on August 12.

The Sigrblot Festival limited time event kicks off on July 29 and marks the start of the Sigrblot season. To start the event, players must have reached England, be at Settlement Level 2, and have completed either the Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire storylines. Once this is done, Ravensthorpe will be the site of a festival of blazing fires, glowing forges and plenty of training for battle. All players will receive 50 Opals at the start of the event, which will run until August 19.

New missions are added as Eivor and the Raven Clan prepare for raids and a war with Francia. Safe passage can be gained by making sacrifices to gods such as Thor, Freyja, or Baldr. The quest for the three big pigs will help Braun prepare for the Sacrifice of the Sigrblot Festival, while also allowing players to gather supplies in preparation for the upcoming Siege of Paris DLC. By demonstrating dedication to the Raven Clan, you will earn festival tokens that can be exchanged for exclusive rewards.

One-handed swords will be added with the event and can be found in Norvid’s shop where they can be traded for festival tokens. These can be earned by participating in the three new replayable activities at the festival. Test Your Metal is a tournament where players try to defeat their opponents with a one-handed sword, double daggers or double shields. War Games is a game of Orlog vs Alwin. Finally, Fight or Flyte is a battle of wits against Ake.

One week before the end of the event, The Siege of Paris will come true. Here, Eivor goes to Francia to find out if the rumors of a threat to the Raven Clan are true. There are new locations to explore, alliances to forge and new enemies to take down. Black Box Infiltration missions introduce a new way to infiltrate the land as Eivor takes on the forces of Charles the Fat and razes Paris to the ground.

Other features added by tomorrow’s update include level scaling, skill tree update, and new skills. The patch will roll out at 8 a.m. ET and will take up 6.85 GB on PS5. Those playing on PS4 should make way for 15.3 to 24.5 GB depending on their region. The full patch notes can be seen below:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Title Update 1.3.0. Patch Notes

New content

The Siege of Paris – Expansion 2
Added support for The Siege of Paris, preparing the game for the expansion release on August 12 (A separate download is required on release day.)

Sigrblot Festival

  • Sigrblot Festival is a new time-limited event from 29th July – 19th August.
  • Take part in new festivities and missions to receive exclusive festival rewards (including a one-handed sword!!)
  • Players must reach England and complete one of the first two narrative arcs (Grantebridgescire OR Ledecestrescire) and have at least Settlement Level 2 to participate in the Sigrblot festival.

Level scaling

  • We’ve added a new menu option to the game to adjust NPC levels to your liking. You can choose from the following options:
    • from = Scaling is disabled; enemies appear exactly as prescribed in the region description.
    • Default = Lower enemies are brought up to 30 power levels below the player’s level (how the game is intended to be played).
    • Constant = Enemies have at least the same power level as the player.
    • more difficult = Enemies are 20+ power levels above the player.
    • Nightmare = Enemies are 50+ power levels above the player.
  • Remark: Boss encounters and game modes are not affected by this, as they have their own target difficulty levels.

Update Skill Tree

  • The Skill Tree has improved the visibility of new skills added after launch.
  • We’ve added an option that automatically acquires all skill nodes needed to reach the currently marked node (if you have enough skill points available).

New skills

RAVEN
light fingered: Eivor now automatically picks up nearby loot with a flick of the wrist (without pressing the interact button).• tension of war: Get adrenaline as long as you stay in conflict.

BEAR
Heidrun Slam: Press R2 while sprinting to knock enemies back with a powerful knee slam. • Idunn’s heart: Passive recovery from recent health loss after a short delay.

WOLF
survival instinct: At less than a third of health, hold -> for partial healing (swap adrenaline for health). • wolf warrior: Your damage increases the lower your health is.

Game Improvements

Wrath of the Druids – Expansion 1

Addressed:

  • The priest’s body is said to be missing in Flann Over Ireland.
  • The cage cannot be opened to free the prisoners in the caves of Tuam.
  • Only small runes in chests in Ireland.
  • Shelf not movable in Cashelore.
  • Cutscene didn’t start with besieging the church in The Scourging of Snakes.
  • Could not confirm murder of The Ash.
  • Missing sound and subtitles in Wrath of the Druids.
  • King’s Pass cannot be collected if the Raid is not completed at the same time.
  • Could not retrieve prison key in Courting the Kings.
  • Barid disappeared in Flann over Ireland.
  • Thorstein teleported back to the cave in the Snaring Thorstein.
  • Couldn’t go on when the Puca was killed in Into the Fog.

main game

Missions, World Events and Side Activities

Addressed:

  • Infinite loading screens during various quests.
  • Unable to complete War of the Collectors, Aelfred’s Jewels, Saint Faith, The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok, Lamb Chops, Splitting Hares world events.
  • Faravid wouldn’t get on the horse in This son of Jorvik *This son of Jorvik indeed*
  • Catching the fish with weapons would not count towards the objective in Bloody Path to Peace.
  • Couldn’t fight Leofrith in Heavy is the Head.
  • Sigurd did not follow Eivor in A Brother’s Keeper. *More like A Brother’s Leaver*
  • Objective did not appear in Twists and Turns *this is how the turntables*
  • Problems interacting with Petra in the settlement.
  • Eivor died on arrival at Hordaphylke in The Road to Valhalla.
  • Hunter House World Event is not activated.
  • Hunter & Warlock NPCs are missing for The Plight of the Warlock.
  • The Banshee World Event could not be started or completed.
  • Could not progress in Mistress of the Iron Wood world event.
  • Couldn’t interact with the seer in Of Blood and Gods.
  • Reaching Hunwald’s house didn’t update the goal of the Homecoming quest.
  • The boss took no damage at the start of Extended Family.
  • Hunwald was not interactive during the Salve for a Fresh Wound.
  • Map marker appeared outside the boundaries in Fiery Ambush.
  • Couldn’t interact with Soma or Guthrum on Holy Day.
  • Players desynchronized at the start of the fight in King Killer.
  • Could not confirm the murder in the Reaver of the South.
  • Could not complete The Lost Drengir or Ragnar Lothbrok.
  • Guthrum didn’t move in Kingdom’s End.
  • Failed to collect key from a body during pilgrimage to St. Albanes.
  • Edmund was missing from Puppets and Prisoners.
  • Could not confirm murder of Gotafrid Fair-Robes & Nokkfylla Shine-Eye.
  • NPC with the coin did not spawn or targets did not appear for the arrow challenge in Firing the Arrow.
  • Stuck between Binding Fate and Of Blood and Gods. *A binding fate, indeed*
  • Black screen during Baker’s Plaint.
  • Could not communicate with Halfdan in War in the North.

Images, audio and animation

Addressed:

  • Various graphics and lighting issues.
  • Various animation and clipping issues.
  • Several issues with missing SFX.
  • Several issues related to narration in the audio menu.

River Raids, Jomsvikings, Raids

Addressed:

  • Appropriate rewards will not be awarded after completing a Raid.
  • Rations do not heal the correct amount of health for Jomsviking.

Mastery Challenge

Addressed:

  • Ability to access restricted areas in Mastery Challenge.
  • Guards can be unreachable in Mastery Challenge.
  • Player is detected from a stealth bush in the Wenlocan Raven trial.
  • Reduced the chance of doubling armor sets obtained in the store after completing the Mastery Challenge onboarding quest.
  • Unlocked medals left over after loading an older saved game.
  • Problems entering stealth mode in some bushes.

Gameplay, combat and AI

Addressed:

  • Fire weapons that don’t set fire to NPCs or combustibles.
  • Enemies not taking proper damage from level 2 Incendiary Powder Trap skill.
  • NPCs stop attacking when ambushed by a snake. Snake 1, Human 0
  • Extensive flail combination did more damage than intended.
  • Sickle Combo Attacks are not registered properly.
  • Various issues with the Viking Salute skill.
  • Several issues cause the extended flail combo to do more damage than intended.
  • Ostara items missing after title update 1.2.2.1.

World

Addressed:

  • Instances where Eivor, NPCs or the tall ship would get stuck.
  • Instances with lost or floating objects or textures.

User Interface/HUD

Addressed:

  • Numerous UI/HUD issues.
  • Numerous localization issues.
  • Problems exiting photo mode with the ESC button.
  • Some icons do not adjust for colorblind modes.
  • Silver Booster is not applied correctly when looting low value items.

System

  • Benchmark is not functional when the game path contains non-ASCII symbols.

Performance and stability

  • Improved performance and stability.

[Source: Ubisoft (1, 2)]

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