No, The Siege of Paris DLC for Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla is not free. It is a paid expansion that must be purchased separately or is included with the Valhalla Season Pass.
As an avid gamer myself, I know deciding on buying video game DLCs can be tough. On one hand, who doesn‘t love free added content? But on the other, quality expansions take serious development time and resources for the studios.
In this detailed guide, we‘ll cover all the key questions around The Siege of Paris DLC and its pricing and availability. I‘ll provide insights from my own experience playing this content as a gaming enthusiast and fan of the Assassin‘s Creed franchise.
Let‘s dive in!
Do you have to pay extra for the Siege of Paris content?
Yes, The Siege of Paris requires additional payment over the base Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla game. Here are the two ways to get the DLC:
- Purchase it separately as paid DLC for around $25
- Get it as part of the Valhalla Season Pass for $40
If you simply own the standard or deluxe editions of Valhalla, Paris does not come included. You‘ll have to buy it as an add-on.
I picked it up as part of the Season Pass, which I felt offered good value bundling the first two major expansions. Considering the Season Pass costs only $15 more than the Paris DLC standalone, getting the extra Ireland content from Wrath of the Druids made the choice easy for me.
Of course, your own preferences on value will depend on how invested you are in playing all the Valhalla content available.
How can you get access to the Siege of Paris?
To play the Siege of Paris DLC, you first need to own Valhalla, then purchase the Paris expansion itself. Here are the steps:
- Buy the DLC individually or via the Season Pass in the in-game store or online store
- Make sure the expansion is fully installed (check Manage Game Content)
- Load your Valhalla game and head to your settlement in England
- Speak to the NPCs Toka and Pierre to kick off the intro quest
- Receive the letter from Randvi which enables starting the DLC questline
Once the content is installed and unlocked, you can freely travel to Francia and take part in the famous siege.
I did encounter a small hitch accessing the DLC on Xbox where the expansion was shown as owned but not installed. Quickly remedying that cleared the path to checking out Paris.
What is included in the Valhalla Season Pass?
The Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla Season Pass bundles the first two major expansions, including:
- Wrath of the Druids DLC
- The Siege of Paris DLC
It also includes minor bonus in-game items like settlement cosmetics and gear sets.
The Dawn of Ragnarok and upcoming Last Chapter DLCs are not part of the Season Pass. They must be purchased separately.
I found the Season Pass offered solid value, considering the two expansions separately cost $50 total compared to the $40 for the bundle. The gear sets were just small perks on top.
Do I need to finish Valhalla to play Siege of Paris?
The good news is you do not need to complete the entirety of the base Valhalla game before playing Siege of Paris. I was relieved I didn‘t have to slog through 180 hours of content to try the expansion.
Here are the minimum requirements to access Paris:
- Reach England in the main storyline
- Finish at least one territory arc to pledge to a region
- Achieve power level 200 or higher
Many key characters like Randvi, Hytham, and Evior are consistent between the DLC and main game. But the contained narrative in Paris means finishing every territory and arc in England isn‘t required.
I had conquered two regions before taking on Paris at power level 280. The DLC scaled nicely and I never felt underpowered.
How long does the Siege of Paris DLC last?
According to my playthrough and average player estimates, the main story content for The Siege of Paris lasts around 10-12 hours.
Here‘s a rough breakdown of time ranges reported by players for completing the expansion:
|Main story completion
|All side content
The variation depends heavily on your playstyle. I‘m the type to do all side quests and exploration before finishing the main story. That pushed my personal game time to around 16 hours.
So at a minimum, expect a good 10 hours or more from this sizable expansion.
Is Dawn of Ragnarok included with the Season Pass?
No, the $40 Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla Season Pass does not include the Dawn of Ragnarok DLC released in March 2022.
Dawn of Ragnarok must be purchased separately for around $40 if you want to play it.
This was a bit disappointing to me as Dawn of Ragnarok is nearly the same price as the Season Pass itself. Unfortunately the pass only covers the first year major expansions of Wrath of the Druis and Siege of Paris.
How does the length of Siege of Paris compare to past AC DLCs?
Looking back historically, The Siege of Paris provides a decent duration comparable to previous Assassin‘s Creed DLC expansions:
|AC Origins – Curse of the Pharaohs
|AC Odyssey – Fate of Atlantis
|AC Valhalla – Wrath of the Druids
|AC Valhalla – Siege of Paris
Paris lands right in the ballpark of past DLCs. It‘s shorter than the epic Fate of Atlantis, but longer than Wrath of the Druids.
Considering I paid the same $25 price for Paris as the 10 hour Ireland DLC, the extra 2-3 hours of content in Paris seemed well worth it.
How does Eivor change in Siege of Paris?
Playing as Eivor again in the Paris DLC was an interesting continuation of her saga. As this expansion takes place many years after the main England events of Valhalla, Eivor visually changes to reflect the passage of time:
- Her hair style and facial tattoos are adjusted
- She looks more rugged and battle-worn
- More scars can be seen, with a blind eye included
It was a nice touch by Ubisoft to update her character model. She also seems mentally wiser and wearier after years of raiding.
I appreciated the effort to show Eivor‘s progression matching her age and experience. It helped add believability to the DLC as a new chapter separated by years from England.
How does Siege of Paris enhance the Valhalla experience?
Though not the most groundbreaking DLC ever, I found The Siege of Paris to be an overall enjoyable addition to the Valhalla journey by:
- Providing a complete new map region to explore in Francia
- Letting us experience a key historical event firsthand
- Introducing refreshing gameplay like infiltrating the famous Notre Dame cathedral
- Adding memorable side characters like the cunning Count Odo
- Extending the mythos with new Isu lore and artifacts
Could it have been better? Sure, the siege itself could have been expanded. But I had fun with the 10+ hours of content provided. It scratched my Valhalla itch and was well worth the $25 asking price for a fan like me.
If you‘re on the fence, I‘d suggest waiting for a deeper sale like 50% off. But for hardcore fans who just can‘t get enough of Valhalla‘s world, The Siege of Paris should provide an enjoyable historical voyage.
I hope this detailed guide helps give clarity on what exactly The Siege of Paris DLC provides. It certainly doesn‘t include everything we may want, but adds enough meaningful content to warrant the price for most interested players. Let the adventure continue!