Despite having made my way through some of the best (and worst) of the pre-overhaul Assassin's Creed games, I haven't played either of the two most recent entries in the series. While I was interested in the time periods they explored, I was put off by the sheer scale of both Odyssey and Origins, which made the suggestion that Valhalla might be a little smaller quite an attractive prospect. Except as it turns out, that isn't the case at all.
Earlier this month, Ubisoft's head of communications for the Middle East, Malek Teffaha, told fans that the new game wouldn't "be the longest or biggest game in the series," and that the developer had taken steps to address the bloat attached to previous games. Teffaha has since deleted that tweet, and now, producer Julien Laferrière says that Valhalla might be even larger than Odyssey.
Speaking to YouTuber Julien Chièze (via RockPaperShotgun), Laferrière said that "I would actually say in terms of range it is probably a bit larger than Assassin's Creed Odyssey. I do not have exact figures at this stage, but we have not only created the whole country, which is in this case England, but also a good part of Norway too."
Whether this means that half of Valhalla's map will be various fjords and sections of the North Sea remains to be seen, and it would appear that Ubisoft isn't really interested in chatting about the details of map size just now. Hopefully, however, things will feel a little more streamlined than last time - Vikings are rad, and I'd actually quite like to play this one.