The Assasin’s Creed team has revealed via Twitter that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s release date has been moved up to November 10 in order to match the launch of the Xbox Series X/S.
In case you didn’t know, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was previously scheduled to release on November 17. That release date was revealed fairly recently, so this move would seem to imply that Ubisoft either did not know that the Xbox Series X/S would be launching on that date or that they made some kind of last-minute decision to simply change the game’s release date in order to take advantage of the hype that the next-gen Xbox consoles are currently generating.
The other thing about this brief announcement which is very much worth talking about is that it implies that this new release date does not apply to the PlayStation 5 version of the game. While it’s pretty clear at this point that things can change quickly, the implication here is that Ubisoft doesn’t expect the PS5 to launch on or before November 10. For what it’s worth, previous reports did suggest that Microsoft intended to beat the PS5 to the market and that the PS5 will likely launch a week or two after the Xbox Series X/S.
As Ubisoft notes, you will be able to purchase the Xbox One version of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and update it to the next-gen version of the game at no extra cost. Actually, we strongly suspect that the upgrade plan is a big part of the reason why they decided to move up the release date for both versions of the game. They also possibly feared that early Xbox Series X adopters would be tempted to purchase other games at launch and may not “save room” for Valhalla‘s previously planned launch seven days later.
We’re also interested to see whether or not Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will take noticeable advantage of next-gen technology (which cross-gen games typically do not), and we’re equally interested to see whether or not the game can overcome some behind-the-scenes controversies in order to further the advancements made by this recently re-imagined franchise.
In any case, we imagine that Valhalla will be one of the more popular Xbox Series X/S launch games when it launches on November 10 for all major non-PS5 gaming platforms.