The first major DLC expansion for Assassin's Creed Valhalla and we have everything you need to know about all the content between now and then.
LATEST - Druids Release Date Confirmed
Ubisoft has finally confirmed that the Wrath of the Druids DLC for Assassin's Creed Valhalla is coming on April 29th, 2021.
Below, we have an excerpt of what to expect:
" Journey to Ireland and unravel the mysteries of an ancient druidic cult. Fight your way through haunted forests and dazzling landscapes while gaining influence among Gaelic kings."
From a leaked trophy list online, we also know that there will be more involved in this DLC from Celtic Mythology than first thought.
Bran the Blessed and Puck are both mentioned, so expect this to be a little wilder than you might think.
The Egg Hunts Are Live
The Ostara Festival has just started on Assassin's Creed Valhalla!
All you should need to do is restart your game and the in-game event will be live. It's worth noting though, that you'll need to have completed at least one story arc for this to be available.
" Experience a wholesome time hunting eggs, or share in the festivities with archery, drinking, and brawling. When night falls, protect the Raven Clan from spirits who run wild through the forest, sowing chaos."
The Ostara Festival is only live until April 8th, 2021, so make sure you're getting all your activities done for special limited-time rewards!
Ostara Festival Celebrations
Starting on March 18th, 2021, the Ostara Event will be coming to Assassin's Creed Valhalla and hopefully lead on to the long-awaited Ireland-based DLC expansion.
" The Ostara Festival will be available from March 18 to April 8. It will feature a bloomy Ravensthorpe, some unique side activities (such as egg hunts), and special rewards."
Much like the Yule Festival over the Christmas period, expect there to be a few changes around Ravensthorpe and a couple of new side-activities for you to get along with.
Title Update 1.2 is LIVE
We were all hoping that the next patch was going to be the Wrath of the Druids DLC, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
1.2 has brought with it a new festival (Ostara), a "quick" change appearance feature (Transmog) and a new Close Camera Option, as well as new skills and game improvements.
Wrath of the Druids is expected to arrive this Spring, so expect the next patch - likely to be in April - to bring the goods!
Check out the full patch notes for 1.2 here.
Wrath of the Druids Release Date
We've put on our detective's hat and pulled out the magnifying glass to deduce as to when Wrath of the Druids could arrive.
The latest patch provides us with the Ostara Festival - an origin of the Christian Easter holiday (2-5 April in 2021).
With it being a Druid festival, perhaps it will tie in with the Wrath of the Druids DLC.
If this is accurate, expect the DLC to appear anytime from 29 March.
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Ireland In The 870s
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is set in 873 AD, or at least that year and maybe the year after, and features everything you might see from middle England in that era.
But what about Ireland? The Wrath of the Druids DLC is taking Eivor and the Raven Clan across the water and will introduce Ireland to Valhalla's map pool.
Throughout the period between 800 AD and 1000 AD, Irish history is characterised by Viking raids and the Norman Invasion.
Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, and Limerick were all prominent Norse settlements along the Irish coast and it's safe to say that we'll be seeing at least a couple of these in the next major DLC to release for Valhalla.
Much like England in Valhalla has a bit of a King problem, Ireland was divided up and ruled by semi-independent tuatha throughout this era. It's safe to say that we should expect the narrative design implemented in Valhalla's main game to continue in the DLC on a smaller scale.
The First Viking Raid in history was recorded in 795 AD, though. So, we doubt Eivor is going to be the first of the Norse to have arrived in Ireland by the time Wrath of the Druids kicks off.
Narrative Director Speaks on Ending
Many players have now fought their way through AC Valhalla's engaging story to its current end, and as we approach the next leaked AC Valhalla DLC - Ubisoft is bringing something special to the table at 13:00 EST / 18:00 GMT on March 12th, 2021.
This will be an hour-long show with AC Valhalla Narrative Director Darby McDevitt, who will speak in-depth on the AC Valhalla story, where it may go next, the ending, and new beginnings with the DLC on the way.
The Leaked Information
The PlayStation Game Size Twitter account is useful for a number of reasons. It can be a hand way to pre-plan how much storage you'll need if you're picking up a new game.
However, it can also give us a little snippet of information about what's coming up like below:
Although this is pretty basic information, and the version number doesn't really make sense, this account is rarely wrong about these sorts of things.
The update in question is around 8 GB in size which - considering the total size of Assassin's Creed Valhalla - is quite a bit.
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Does this mean that the long-awaited Wrath of the Druids DLC is finally on the way? This update could be bug-fixing and laying the groundwork for the next major expansion...
Wrath of the Druids
The Wrath of the Druids expansion is the first major DLC to be announced for Assassin's Creed Valhalla and it's a highly anticipated little bit of content.
Below, you can check out the synopsis for the Wrath of the Druids DLC expansion here:
Explore the haunted wilds and beautiful landscapes of Ireland as you battle a druidic cult known as the Children of Danu. Conquer ring forts, master the art of smuggling, and gain the favour of Gaelic kings in a new open-world adventure.
With a Spring 2021 release window, could this update be a hint towards what's in store? Spring is coming to an end and there hasn't been any word of the DLC being delayed.
We can imagine the eventual release of the next Valhalla DLC expansion will be a bit bigger than 8 GB, though.
When you consider the fact that it is adding a bit of Ireland, probably similar in size to the Asgard parts of Valhalla, on top of everything else... Could it be squeezed into 8 GB?
With that in mind, the upcoming release of the Wrath of the Druids DLC for Assassin's Creed Valhalla is also introducing a Smuggling mechanic.
Although we don't have a lot of information about what this entails, there's also nothing to say that this mechanic will be exclusive to the Valhalla Season Pass owners or people who purchase Wrath of the Druids.
Could this next update be the first introduction players will see to this new Smuggling system mechanic? The last update did add River Raids, so it isn't an impossible thought
So, we might not be getting a release that soon but more information surely has to be on the way from Ubisoft.