The next game in the Assassin's Creed series will be splitting the console generation divide. But it sounds like Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be taking advantage of Smart Delivery to make that transition a little smoother.
"Smart Delivery technology means you can buy Assassin's Creed Valhalla once, and play it on either Xbox One or Xbox Series X when both the console and that version are available," reads the listing. Update [1 p.m. PT]: Ubisoft confirmed to USgamer that Assassin's Creed Valhalla will use Smart Delivery on Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
Other third-party games, like the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, are using the Smart Delivery system as well. Essentially, if you buy a cross-gen game on Xbox One that supports Smart Delivery, you won't have to buy it again to play it on an Xbox Series X.
It's a deal that puts some serious pressure on Sony's next-gen plans. Xbox owners would certainly seem more likely to stay loyal if their game library can simply move from one Xbox to the next.
Assassin's Creed has also faced the cross-generation divide before with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, which launched on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well as the Xbox One and PS4. The PS4 version was notably improved, but the option back then was to spend some additional cash to "upgrade" to a next-gen version of the game. With Xbox now offering the upgrade for free, this could an interesting grab for current-gen players that are still deciding which console to pick up.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla will launch for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia in holiday 2020.