Assassin's Creed Valhalla Layla

Regular readers will know that we have very little love for the modern day segments in Assassin's Creed games. Quite frankly, we couldn't give a damn about the terribly written adventures of Layla Hassan -- especially when we're ripped from our gorgeous open world in order check out what she's up to. Imagine our disappointment, then, when we learned that Layla's back in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and that she's got more to do than ever before.

In Assassin's Creed Origins and Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Layla's escapades were annoying but mercifully brief. In Valhalla, it seems as though she has her own activity. As the PlayStation Blog preview says, you'll stumble across Animus glitches as you wonder the English countryside, which already sounds like a great way to wreck your immersion.

"If a corner of the English countryside seems a bit unsynchronized, you may have stumbled across an Animus Anomaly. In these moments the Animus simulation of Eivor’s adventure will pause while present-day protagonist Layla takes over. Navigate the anomaly to reach a data packet filled with eye-catching secrets." Do we have to? Let's just hope that there aren't that many of these anomalies to find.

Who knows, maybe this'll end up being a fun little distraction and we're just really, really jaded. But going by what Layla's been doing in past games, we have good reason for concern. We just want to do Viking sh*t in our Viking game, Ubisoft. Is that too much to ask?