The developers of Assassin’s Creed Shadows should have listened to the criticism of Valhalla, otherwise they will likely repeat the same mistakes

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Shadows should have listened to the criticism of Valhalla, otherwise they will likely repeat the same mistakes

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Assassin’s Creed Walhallareleased in 2020, was a major addition to the franchise, but it wasn’t without its controversies. Despite positive reception from critics, fans were divided. While some praised the game for its large world and Viking fantasy, others found it overwhelming and repetitive.

According to players, Walhalla struggled to maintain the same level of engagement due to unnecessary bloat compared to Odyssey and Origins. With Assassin’s Creed Shadows coming later this year, fans can only hope that Ubisoft listened to the feedback and made some changes.

According to fans, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was far from perfect

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Fans have a lot to say about previous installments in the franchise. | Image: Ubisoft.

One of the biggest problems fans have with Assassin’s Creed Walhalla is the excessive map bloat. While the game’s world is vast and visually stunning, it’s also cluttered with points of interest that often fail to provide meaningful engagement.

Many players have indicated that they want a more direct experience, where the quality of activities is more important than the quantity. Assassin’s Creed Shadows would benefit greatly from a streamlined approach that prioritizes quality over quantity.

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Repetition was another major problem in WalhallaThe combat was initially fun, but lacked the depth and variety needed to maintain interest throughout 100+ hours of gameplay.

The excessive length of the game, combined with the lack of variety, is probably the most talked about problem in the community. But Shadows has already shown that it can be the best of both worlds with its dual protagonist approach.

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The game simply lacked the diversity in combat system and enemy types needed to survive the hundred-plus hours it demanded of players.

Assassin’s Creed Shadow has so much feedback that it can be implemented from previous titles

Assassin's Creed Shadows characters Yasuke and Naoe.
Ubisoft has slowly brought back the assassin Assassin’s Creed. | Image: Ubisoft.

The shift away from stealth elements was also a point of contention. Originally a franchise focused on stealth, Assassin’s Creed is increasingly focused on action. WalhallaThe Viking theme didn’t lend itself well to stealth gameplay.

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But it seems Ubisoft have known this since they brought back a lot of stealth factors with Assassin’s Creed Mirage until 2023.

Shadows could take this even further and bring the series back to its original roots. Especially in a setting like feudal Japan what is the perfect way to do it.

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Another area where Walhalla What fell short was the implementation of live service elements and microtransactions. Players who spent hours earning epic weapons saw their achievements overshadowed by purchasable items.

While live service content and microtransactions likely won’t go away, Ubisoft needs to make sure that additional content doesn’t feel too off-putting to players.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows has the potential to be the title that truly brings the franchise back to its former glory. But this will only be possible if Ubisoft listens to feedback from Walhalla.

Are you going to pick up? Assassin’s Creed Shadows later this year? Let us know in the comments!

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