Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s season pass will get a truly epic bonus mission

Following a gameplay reveal that had some fans questioning the meaning of the term, Ubisoft has let slip the first details about what we can expect from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s post-launch support. Apparently, the game’s season pass will include a mission based the events of the epic poem Beowulf.

As first spotted by the GameNotify Twitter account, the German Ubisoft Store page for Valhalla makes specific mention of the mission in a bullet-pointed list of the content included in the Ultimate Edition. In a section detailing the season pass, one bullet point reads, “Includes the story mission: The Legend of Beowulf.¬†Discover the cruel truth behind the legend.”

For those of you that skipped high school lit (and missed the iffy, uncanny-valley-probing 2007 film), Beowulf tells of the titular hero’s quest to defeat the monster Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a dragon. The surviving Old English manuscript dates to sometime between 975 and 1025 A.D, though scholars think the story itself was composed hundreds of years prior.

The timing and location seem a little strange here, if we’ll indeed be playing through this story mission as Valhalla‘s hero Eivor. The game kicks off in 873 and is set in lands that are today part of Norway and England, while Beowulf is most commonly believed to recount events from the 6th century in and around present-day Denmark.

Then again, the bullet point just above the Beowulf mention promises that the season pass will let us “explore new countries,” so maybe this mission will be set outside the map of the main game, and maybe in the world of Assassin’s Creed our understanding of the poem’s timeline is incorrect. All we know is, we’re not going to complain if we get to fight a dragon.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is due out this holiday season on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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