In Annika’s eyes, The Final Chapter just isn’t a worthy farewell for Eivor.
A couple of days in the past, “The Final Chapter” was the final content material replace for Murderer’s Creed Valhalla. After the three paid DLCs Wrath of the Druids, The Siege of Paris and The Mark of Ragnarok, this additionally means the sport’s well-deserved retirement.
For that reason, and since the trailer already talks about “new shores”, I had a transparent thought of what I’d anticipate once more on the finish: A quest line that sends us to a different space and explains Eivor’s demise. However as an alternative of the wistful farewell I had hoped for, I am turning my again on Valhalla as I began it again then: with a disappointment.
Spoiler alert: So as to have the ability to speak in regards to the finish of Valhalla, we clearly can’t keep away from spoilers for The Final Chapter and the principle sport.
Eivor let me persevere
The trailer for The Final Chapter did one thing I hardly thought potential: it really made me wistful, even slightly unhappy, that I now should say goodbye to Eivor. As a result of even when Valhalla with its Viking theme did not meet my style and the various issues with the know-how and the sport design (extra on that within the check) stored annoying me, I grew to like my male Eivor.
The beautiful open world is in fact additionally an argument for the sport, however for me it would not come near the sunny and heat Greece from AC Odyssey. The truth that I did not surrender on Valhalla is primarily resulting from Eivor along with his laborious shell, behind which there’s a comfortable core. As a result of even when he fights battles and burns, he does it for the good thing about his family members.
Right here is the mentioned trailer:
Murderer’s Creed Valhalla – The Final Chapter DLC concludes Eivor’s story
That is why I wanted for my tough Viking one final combative spectacle with many feelings, similar to the unhappy farewell to his beloved Randvi. Vinland (immediately’s USA) was the one place I may select to lastly study the story behind Eivor’s demise, who’s buried there a few years later.
I am all of the extra irritated that within the final quest he would not get the worthy finish that I believe he deserves. After all, my expectations additionally play a task, however there are sufficient elements that make the final chapter a loveless exit, even other than that.
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Properly-known as an alternative of latest shores
After the principle sport and all of the DLCs the place Eivor all the time had a battle to combat for his clan, The Final Chapter finds him in an identification disaster. After a couple of previous in-game years, he feels listless and is leaving his outdated life behind.
As somebody who all the time had one purpose in thoughts, this quest for one thing new made good sense to Eivor. Nonetheless, we’re solely confronted with these emotions proper at first of the hunt, whereas the next hour of play solely offers with the primary consequence, i.e. his farewell. So as to have the ability to higher perceive this motion, I want extra context and time.
Solely uninteresting processing: What bothers me extra is that we do not get to see something from the “new shores” by way of gameplay. As an alternative of experiencing the trail that’s so essential for Eivor at the very least in a playful brief model, The Final Chapter solely takes place in well-known locations. We merely hop from A to B with out an arduous path, activate a reminiscence fragment and say goodbye to well-known characters like King Harald in small cutscenes.
Eivor seems to be on the fragment of how Annika felt the entire time: disenchanted and bored.
In idea, the story give attention to seeing outdated companions once more is a good method, which exhibits us slightly little bit of their and in addition our improvement. Nonetheless, this impact fizzles out as a result of, other than King Alfred, I do not actually keep in mind any of the flat characters. Right here, as an alternative, I’d have most popular to witness the emotional farewells of much more essential folks like Randvi and Sigurd, Eivor’s brother in spirit.
Additionally, I am questioning why Eivor shrugs at the whole lot. For instance, he may journey to Iceland at King Harald’s request to assist a pleasant settlement that’s at risk. That will be the proper step in the direction of “new shores” that Eivor longs for. Nonetheless, he rejects this chance as a result of he “doesn’t need to tread the crushed path”. Even Sigurd, who accompanies him on this sequence, says that this supply is destiny.
It might have been good for the final chapter if we may at the very least discover a small new space with Eivor to actually really feel the sensation of a brand new starting. Nonetheless, we solely get to see how Eivor and Odin quietly make off on a small boat, with out even figuring out what his purpose is. After that we get to see the 2 once more on the hut from the current day part, however what occurs in between stays unclear.
Extra questions than solutions
A lot wasted potential and ambiguity spoil the enjoyable of this farewell for me, which, typical of AC Valhalla, was additional diminished by bugs. One of the best instance is the cloak that Eivor wears within the cutscenes. I did not put this on him. To not point out that his plumage just isn’t raven black, however multicolored, which made me not take Eivor significantly in his state of affairs:
The colourful feather headdress is stylish, but it surely all the time ripped me out in The Final Chapter.
As an alternative of a dignified farewell, which ultimately at the very least smoothes a couple of waves in the direction of the commonly disappointing Valhalla, Ubisoft merely buried the sport in my eyes. The “say goodbye to set out for distant shores, for brand new adventures.” due to this fact doesn’t apply to Eivor, however to us, with a view to Murderer’s Creed Mirage. So it is no surprise that I’ve by no means been so relieved to kick an Murderer’s Creed sport off the console.
My final hope stays that Eivor’s story will likely be picked up once more in some unspecified time in the future within the overarching AC storyline. Perhaps Mirage, wherein Basim from Valhalla performs the main function, will give us some background data that may make my view of The Final Chapter slightly extra forgiving. It might do my Valhalla damaged fan coronary heart for Eivor good.
However how do you see it? Did you additionally anticipate extra from The Final Chapter?