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Go use AC Valhalla’s one-handed sword before it’s nerfed, says dev

"It’s maybe even a tiny bit overpowered," says Associate Game Director Gareth Glover.

The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris expansion is out today and brings with it a one-handed sword that’s likely to be nerfed in future, Ubisoft Montreal has joked.

The topic of the one-handed sword being “a tiny bit overpowered” came up in conversation with Associate Game Director Gareth Glover.

“Obviously the one-handed sword was a huge fan favourite, and we had tonnes of requests for this; it was something that we had to deliver,” Glover began.

“We needed to find a place for it to fit in amongst our array of weapons we already have, the different weapon classes, and I think the team has done a fantastic job with it. The best way I can describe it is halfway between the daggers and the one-handed axes. It has the weight and the meatiness of the one-handed axe, but the speed of the daggers.”

Glover continued onto sing the weapon’s praises, naming it as his favourite in-game instrument of attack.

“Personally, I played the whole game with one-handed axes; no matter what other weapon I try, I cannot get to grips with it and I always end up going back to my axe,” he confessed. “But I have to tell you, this is the first weapon that’s swung me from that and I’m now one-handed sword all the way. I was saying to Bruno earlier I’d be tempted to say it’s maybe even a tiny bit overpowered, but go and grab it and play with it and have fun with it while it is.”

Glover’s likely joking… but is he really? Players had better grab that sword quickly and try it out, just in case.

“It really brings a new edge to combat for players who want something a bit faster, a bit more frenetic in combat, and also obviously with any new weapon class we bring we also bring new finishing’s and animations so it’s really cool to see this new stuff in the game,” he continued.

The one-handed sword technically dropped late last month as part of Valhalla‘s Sigrblot Festival update, but why split hairs. Regardless, Siege of Paris is out today and the Sigrblot Festival continues into next week. If you need assistance obtaining the sword, JorRaptor has you covered with a video below.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla debuted in November 2020 and is currently available on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and Stadia. We reviewed the title here.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

10 Nov 2020 (PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One Xbox Series X)


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