I’ve now played the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey crossover story in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to completion. All I have to say is that it’s very much an Eivor storyline, and you should understand what I mean. While the Odyssey crossover story was something to say goodbye to Kassandra, this story is more of a linking one. It shows you how Kassandra goes on to live her life hundreds of years after the events of her game, and gives Eivor a chance to meet a fellow warrior that’s intrinsically linked with the Isu and follows alongside the Assassins, not within their ranks. It’s interesting as an Assassin’s Creed fan to see the evolution here, because while I’d rather a new core Assassin story, I really love this.
Eivor is brash, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is very different to Odyssey. The quests in Valhalla take you across England at your own pace, with no really force behind the progression you’re making other than what you put into it. Many quests are linked to your actions as you explore more than single objectives, and that’s just the way it is. That’s how this crossover story plays out, giving you space to complete a large objective rather than forcing you through a tunnel of them. There’s nothing wrong with either, but this one fits the tone of the main game much more.
As far as stories go, this one is another stepping stone for Kassandra. Eivor’s tale is far from over, and Ubisoft wants us to see that. Kassandra has had a lot going on in her life, and she’s still doing a lot, but this is but a brief visit from her. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with both crossover stories, but I have to say that I prefer Odyssey’s. It feels much more relaxed and humble while Eivor’s is flashy, much like her. Hwoever, I have to appreciate the differences and the fact that the developer stuck to the tone of each game instead of making it consistent throughout each. That would have been bad, and I love that I can look at this story and see Eivor in it from start to finish.