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Assassin's Creed Valhalla mentions COVID in the story; new Nvidia driver update brings improvements

Layla Hassan, the modern-day character in the game mentioned the pandemic in an email. Let’s take a closer look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, its integration of COVID, and more.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has become one of the most high-profile games to mention the ongoing global pandemic in its story. This mention of COVID, the pandemic is subtle and not quite out there. Looking closely, Layla Hassan, the modern-day character in the game mentioned the pandemic in an email. Hassan wrote, “I don’t have Covid, no. And I’m well isolated. It’s just the three of us, traveling together, staying out of sight.” It is possible that more companies will try to integrate real-world pandemic in the world. Let’s take a better look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, its integration of COVID, and more.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla integrates COVID in the story, details

Integrating COVID in the story is quite ironic considering the developers had to complete the development during the pandemic. However, it is only proper considering how life-changing (and tragic) the experience has been for everyone around the world. It is also worth noting that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is not the first game to add COVID inside the game. According to a report from GameSpot, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 also referred to the pandemic inside the game. The remake of the game likely refers to it in a message on a giant board. This message informs us that schools have been closed.

The pandemic has also delayed a number of high-profile games. Some of the titles include Cyberpunk 2077, Dead Stranding, Hellpoint, The Last of Us Part II, and Halo Infinite. The list also includes The Medium, Deathloop, Far Cry 6, Final Fantasy VII, and more. This report regarding the COVID mention comes hours after Ubisoft launched the game on the global stage. For some context, Valhalla is the 12th major title and 22nd game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Hours before the launch of the game, Nvidia released new drivers with performance optimizations for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In addition, the latest Game Ready Driver also aims at the upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Godfall. This new update pushes the diver version to 457.30. Finally, the update also added four new monitors to its G-Sync compatibility list. These include the Acer CP3271U, Asus XG27AQ, MSI MAG27QRF, and Xiaomi Mi 245 HF.