The newest Viking-based iteration of Assassin’s Creed, Valhalla will support the upcoming Smart Delivery program of Microsoft.
Microsoft’s Smart Delivery is a free game upgrade program that enables you to purchase a single game title, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but play it on both the Xbox One and Microsoft’s next generation console, the Xbox Series X. Although Smart Delivery at the moment only supports the XBox One and Xbox Series X, the idea is that the days you’d need to purchase two separate copies of a game to play it on different generations of a consoles are soon behind us.
According to the general manager of Xbox games marketing, Aaron Greenberg, fans will get a glimpse of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on May 7 through a gameplay reveal showcase hosted by Microsoft. But all the details haven’t been spilled just yet.
So pumped to see our partners showing us a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay next week! Also know the Xbox Game Studios teams are hard at work on some big summer plans. More details soon! #GetHyped ????♂️? https://t.co/VXXsZnUYX5
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It isn’t that Valhalla is the first game to support smart delivery. Microsoft pledged that all its first-party Xbox Game Studios games will get this feature – provided that the developers have updated their games to be playable both consoles. However, it’s up to game developers to decide on whether or not they would join Microsoft’s Smart Delivery program and offer free upgrades for their games.
CD Projekt Red, creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, promises to participate in the Smart Devliery Program allowing its upcoming RPG game, Cyberpunk 2077, to support both consoles as well. “Owners of Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox one will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when available,” CD Projekt Red announced through its official Twitter handle.
Although Ubisoft and CD Projekt Red have pledged to offer free cross-generation upgrades, Microsoft’s largest console competitor, Sony, hasn’t yet offered any clues as to whether they plan to follow suit for their PlayStation 4 and upcoming PlayStation 5. But with Microsoft setting a new standard, the ball’s in Sony’s court.