Update 11/14: Another Ubisoft support staff member has claimed the opposite, noting that Achievements are coming.
“Just to clarify, the misunderstanding on our part was that achievements had been discontinued – they haven’t! The original information was correct, and they are indeed being worked on. Achievements are coming!,” Ubi-Woofer wrote.
It isn’t clear why the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla failed to ship with Achievements.
For some inexplicable reason, Ubisoft decided to release Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on PC without Achievements. We’ve now learned that this is an intentional change that will carry over to future titles released on the PC platform.
“Achievements are not not available for this title on PC, and this is an intended change,” Ubisoft wrote. “Instead of Achievements for new games on Ubisoft Connect, instead we have expanded the Challenges, which provide XP and other rewards in Ubisoft Connect.”
The change has pissed off a lot of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla players, many of whom have pointed out that Challenges are in no way comparable to Achievements. One user has even accused Ubisoft of false advertising, noting that marketing materials allude to Achievements being in the game.
“On the landing page for Ubisoft connect, near the bottom, the page for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is clearly seen and the achievements tab is there,” SwanEonson33 wrote. “I should then be able to assume the real client would have there features but it does not.”
It isn’t clear whether Ubisoft plans to expand its limited Challenges feature, but Assassin’s Creed Valhalla players who wish to play the game with Achievements will need to opt for the console versions.