We’ve got our first hint at what the Season Pass DLC for highly anticipated upcoming title Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla could contain. A description of the Season Pass found in the German Ubisoft store mentions that the Pass “includes the story mission: The Legend of Beowulf. Discover the cruel truth behind the legend.”
One of the world’s most famous pieces of great literature, the Old English epic poem Beowulf chronicles the exploits of the titular hero. The warrior-prince Beowulf travels to aid Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose hall is being attacked nightly by the vicious monster Grendel. To save the Danes, Beowulf must battle not only Grendel but the creature’s even more sinister mother. The poem concludes by describing the end of Beowulf’s life, when, after ruling as a king for many years, he is defeated by a dragon.
Presumably, the Beowulf-themed mission would take place in Scandinavia, the native home of protagonist Eivor and his/her company of Viking raiders. It is not yet known whether the task will take place before Eivor and crew set out for the sunny shores of England, or whether the Season Pass’s plot will feature the group needing to return to Norway for some reason.
The phrase “discover the cruel truth behind the legend” is also quite an interesting point to notice. Several adaptations of the Beowulf legend in the past, including the 2007 film and the 1971 novel Grendel, written from the monster’s perspective, have portrayed the title character as somewhat less than the epic hero he was initially thought to be. It remains to be seen how Assassin’s Creed will adapt and possibly change the well-known tale.
In addition to the “Legend of Beowulf” story mission, the German Ubisoft store mentions “new content, new lands, and new gear” as part of the Season Pass. Also, a second story mission, “Way of the Berserker,” will be available to everyone who preorders the game ahead of its launch date.
The Season Pass is available as part of the Gold, Ultimate, and Collector’s Editions of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. All versions are currently available for preorder via the Ubisoft Store and several other retailers, both physical and digital.
How do you think Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will handle the legend of Beowulf? Are you excited to battle Grendel assassin-style? Let us know!