Some paid, some free
If you're unsure of how Ubisoft sees Immortals Fenyx Rising, look no further than its post-launch DLC plans. Even though it's aesthetically different from many of Ubisoft's biggest sellers, it's supported almost the same as those flagship games. Immortals Fenyx Rising has a place in the pantheon among the titles Ubisoft trusts the most.
Immortals Fenyx Rising will receive a full onslaught of post-launch support that will include both free and paid DLC. It's the exact same approach Ubisoft is taking with Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. A constant onslaught of free updates, bolstered by three expansions and a $40 Season Pass.
Here's what's planned. In terms of free content, Immortals Fenyx Rising gets “free in-game events, weekly dungeon challenges, and daily quests.” Things, as you might expect, get a lot more attractive when you deposit money. Here are the descriptions of the three story-based DLCs:
- A new god - Fenyx will embark on a new adventure set in the palace of Olympos, the home of the gods. This journey will require Fenyx to overcome the ordeal of the Olympians, plunging players into beautifully crafted and challenging vaults built by the gods, in order to reach the inner circle of the Pantheon.
- Eastern Kingdom Myths - Set in Chinese mythology, the game's second episode will introduce a new hero, Ku, who embarks on a journey to save mortals in a mystical new land on the border of Heaven and Earth. Players will need to master Ku's unique fighting style and abilities, inspired by Chinese martial arts, to defeat new enemies and monsters from Chinese mythology.
- The Lost Gods – The third and final episode will feature top-down gameplay, an all-new brawler fight, and a new hero, Ash, chosen by Fenyx to bring back the Lost Gods. The episode will take place on a mysterious new island where players will explore regions inspired by these lost gods, to restore balance to Earth.
The first seems like your typical easy-to-forget Trials mode, but the second and third actually look pretty neat. Sending it back to ancient China with a new protagonist and new gods is the perfect kind of experimentation you can do in addons. Switching from the Lost Gods to a top-down view could also be a fun choice.
Either way, Immortals Fenyx Rising is going to live on long after it launches on December 3 - and you can decide if it's worth paying for. That's the treatment all of Ubisoft's biggest games get. It's a new property, but Ubisoft clearly thinks Immortals Fenyx Rising can stand its ground among the Titans.