Following the announcement of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, there were reports that the game was neither the largest nor the longest in the series. This has now been revised.
The original information on the scope of Assassin's Creed Valhalla was actually it was not the biggest game in the series. This statement comes from a PR boss from Ubisoft, the corresponding tweet has been deleted, but is still in the News to find on the subject.
Here's a little refresher on Assassin's Creed:
However, Ubisoft producer Julien Laferrière said in one interview with a YouTuber, that the map itself will be bigger than that of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Without knowing the exact numbers, however, he explains that for Valhalla, England includes a complete country on the map, as well as a good part of Norway. As retaining "Secret worlds" about which he cannot speak yet, but which also contribute to overall size.
The enormous size was already a criticism of many players at Odyssey. A new bandit camp, a ruin or a side quest was waiting behind each hill and these added up on the large map to a sea of symbols on the overview map. However, many of these side tasks had to be done because new skills had to be acquired not through story progress, but by leveling up. A minimum level had to be reached to continue the main quest. In addition to players, the 50 percent XP Boost bought for real money.
No grind in Valhalla
This XP and resource grindings should not exist in Valhalla, Creative Director Ashraf Ismail reports at least in one Interview with Kotaku. It says that Ubisoft wants to avoid that players are repeatedly pulled out of history at some points in the game in order to farm a certain character progress. Players should be able to easily explore the parts of the game that interest them. He did not comment on possible boosts against payment.
For the gaming experience itself, the size of the map is of secondary importance and it depends more on what there is to do and discover in the world. What changes would you like for the map size and the progress system?