Ubisoft has moved the launch of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla forward a week, as Watch Dogs Legion is also confirmed as a launch game.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks like it will end up as the biggest launch game for the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, as its release date is moved forward to 10 November – the same as the two new consoles.
It’s only a change of a week but it will mean that not only does it no longer come out at the same time as Cyberpunk 2077 but it gives Microsoft something to show off in terms of the capabilities of the new consoles.
The date applies to all versions though, so the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC editions will also be out on the same day. Maybe even PlayStation 5, but of course we don’t know that release date yet.
This is exactly the sort of thing we predicted when we looked at the release schedules around the new console’s launch and Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs Legion will also be out on 10 November.
Both games offer free upgrades to the next gen versions if you buy the current gen editions first, so Watch Dogs will be the first opportunity to try out Xbox’s Smart Delivery service.
Codemasters’ rally game Dirt 5 has also confirmed it will be an Xbox Series X/S launch game and it’s likely that other games will announce similar plans in the next few hours and days.
The biggest question remaining, in terms of third party games, is when exactly Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be released on Xbox Series S/X.
It’s already out the same week on current gen formats so it should be even easier than Assassin’s Creed to just shuffle the release date up a few days. However, Activision has a long-standing marketing agreement with Sony, so that might not be possible even if they wanted to.
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