Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Update: Yule Festival Has Arrived, What Is Yule Festival?

The game world has been very active recently. Ubisoft released an update and brought the limited-time YULE FESTIVAL event to the ASSASSINS CREED: VALHALLA, as well as bug fixes for the game.

The patch, which will be released today (December 15), will fix many bugs and also bring the YULE FESTIVAL, which is a Pagan tradition, to the game on December 21, for a limited time. In addition, more information about expansion packs and events will be announced by Ubisoft in the coming days.

Bug-Fixes

  • The power levels of NPCs, NPC power level will max out at a difference of 51 below the player
  • Fixes to issues with progression and quests
  • Season Pass Issues on PS5

The update also includes a number of bug fixes, along with improvements in performance, graphics, AI, UI, and more. Check out the full patch notes here.

Ubisoft also shared platform-based patch sizes, which you can see below:

Xbox Series X / S – 6.3 GB

Xbox One – 5.7 GB

PlayStation 5 – 2.46 GB

PlayStation 4 – 2.4 GB

PC – 5.6 GB

What is the Yule Festival?

As you know, the game tells the stories of the VIKINGS in the 9th century in England. Yule Festival is therefore a suitable festival for the VALHALLA game. Yule is a festival historically observed by the Germanic peoples. Yule’s original celebrations are related to Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Mōdraniht.

Later departing from its pagan roots, Yule underwent Christianised reformulation, resulting in the term Christmastide. Many present-day Christmas customs and traditions such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from pagan Yule traditions. In short, the Yule festival of the past is today’s Christmas.

What is Yule Festival

Wikimedia Commons / Illustration of an ancient Nordic Yule festival (Die Gartenlaube, 1880)

Also, this may interest you:

The Easter egg is activated when Eivor speaks to an NPC named Bristan while hunting for wild boars during one of the game’s side quests. During their exchange, Eivor comments: “I once knew a strong-armed shield maiden who rode a boar into battle! She named it Bristle-Bold.”

Fans and players of Riot Games’ League Of Legends will recognize the reference as a tip of the hat to League champion Sejuani, who rides boars and comes from the land of Freljord, a fictional snowy region inspired by Norse and Viking mythology.

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