Why isn’t Valhalla’s Dawn of Ragnarok standalone?

One of the first thoughts I had when I saw the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok revealing was that Ubisoft missed a great opportunity to reach new players by not offering the content as a standalone experience. Given the size of the expansion, it might as well have been a game in its own right. But Ubisoft insists Dawn of Ragnarok is very much a part of Walhalla and claims it’s important for all of the game’s content to stay “connected.”

Speaking to GameSpot, who posed this question to the developer, producer Jose Araiza said that including: Dawn of Ragnarok in Walhalla is “the most cohesive way to deliver this offering to the players.” He added:

Expansions 1 and 2 focused more on the Viking facets of Valhalla and exploring Eivor as a character in different situations. Now Dawn of Ragnarok feels like the other side of the coin, where we delve deeper into Norse mythology and more into the Odin/Havi backstory. And while we’ve focused on giving players the ability to play all the content in the order they see fit, we also felt it was important to still connect these offerings together. One experience is complementary to another. Given how important Norse mythology was to Viking everyday life, we felt that Dawn of Ragnarok should be included in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

What do our readers think of this decision?

[Source: GameSpot]