Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will be shorter than Odyssey. The last Assassin’s Creed game, 2018’s Odyssey, was one of IGN’s favorite games of that year. It even scored a 9.2/10 rating from IGN. But if there was one thing fans of that game found fault with, it’s the game size. While the main story can be done in under 40 hours, the sheer abundance of side quests push the game to over 100 hours for some people. And that’s not including DLC.

In their review, IGN mentioned that this hurt the game’s narrative at times. with meaningless errands that make getting to those strong character moments a painstaking gauntlet. According to VG247, and Ubisoft Middle East’s Head of Communications, Malek Teffaha tweeted: So what does that mean? While we don’t know what the story of Valhalla will be yet, we’re sure that the main campaign will be something like 30 to 40 hours, which is on par with every other main entry in the series.

It does sound like they’re cutting down on some of that bloat found in previous Assassin’s Creeds and possibly even the size of the world itself. The game’s Creative Director, Ashraf Ismail, did confirm that Valhalla will feature four English kingdoms and a Norway region. But it might not be as big as Odyssey’s ancient Greece. Maybe a smaller but more densely packed game is what the series needs for this installment. And in related news, this morning Microsoft dropped a bunch of trailers for upcoming Xbox Series X games, and we got a new look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

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While it’s still not a proper gameplay trailer, the footage does show off what the game engine itself will look like, and we got our first peek at sieges. And they look pretty badass. So what do you think? Do you prefer to get lost in a game’s side quests? Or do you prefer to go by the main storyline and save side quests for later? Let us know in the comments below.