Assassin’s Creed Mirage is going to be one of the biggest new games for 2023. While recent games in the series, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, have pushed into action-RPG territory, Mirage is set to return us to the stealth-action foundations that the series was first built upon.
- Release Date: 2023
- Series: Assassin’s Creed
- Engine: AnvilNext
- Composer: Brendan Angelides
- Genres: Action-adventure game, Stealth game, Platform game, Fighting game
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Mode: Single-player video game
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is being positioned as a love letter to the adventures of Altair and Ezio. It’s set to feature a smaller open world, will focus on stealth, parkour, and assassinations, and will help fill in some vital parts of the wider Assassin’s Creed timeline. Naturally, if you prefer the action-RPGs, there are other upcoming Assassin’s Creed games that may interest you – with Assassin’s Creed Red and Assassin’s Creed Hexe teased as the next major “flagship” installments to the series.
But, for the time being, keep on reading to discover everything you need to know about Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
What to Expect
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Bordeaux and published by Ubisoft. It will be the thirteenth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series and the successor to 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Principally set in 9th-century Baghdad during the Islamic Golden Age, the game will follow Basim Ibn Ishaq (a character first introduced in Valhalla) and his transition from street thief to fully-fledged member of the Assassin Brotherhood, who fight for peace and liberty, against the Templar Order, who desire peace through control. The game has been described as a return to the series’ roots, with a bigger focus on linear storytelling and stealth gameplay than more recent instalments, which primarily focused on role-playing elements.
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Mirage is an action-adventure stealth game intended to be reminiscent of older Assassin’s Creed titles, being more linear and story-focused and reducing the number of role-playing elements present in recent installments of the series. The game is set principally in Baghdad, which is divided into four districts, but also features Alamut, the fortress headquarters of the Hidden Ones. Parkour, close-quarter combat, and stealth are core elements of the gameplay. Mirage also marks the return of the “Black Box” assassination missions from Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, in which players have to explore the environment to find different ways to reach and eliminate their targets. As a Hidden One, Basim will have a large arsenal of weapons and tools at his disposal, including the signature Assassin Hidden Blade and smoke bombs.
Set decades before the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Mirage is a “coming-of-age story” following Basim Ibn Ishaq (Lee Majdoub), a street thief who will learn to fight for a cause larger than himself by becoming a Hidden One under the tutelage of his mentor Roshan (Shohreh Aghdashloo).
Mirage has been described as a smaller Assassin’s Creed title, and that the game’s length would last around 15–20 hours, similar to older games in the franchise. It was designed to celebrate the series’ 15th anniversary, in which the team used the technology built for Valhalla to create a game that pays tribute to the first Assassin’s Creed.
Prior to its announcement at Ubisoft Forward on September 10, 2022, details about Mirage leaked–under the codename Rift–when it was revealed that the game started out as an expansion pack for Valhalla before being turned into a standalone release.
Mirage is set to be released in 2023 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Amazon Luna. Shortly after the game’s announcement, the title was reported as receiving an Adults Only rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which would have limited the number of outlets it could be distributed at in the United States, following a listing on the Xbox Store a week prior to the game’s reveal, with one of the reasons being for containing “real gambling”. Ubisoft swiftly corrected both claims, stating the game had not been rated yet and “no real gambling or lootboxes [will be] present in the game”.
The Assassin’s Creed Mirage story is set to be more linear than recent games in the series. Narrative director Sarah Beaulieu says that Mirage’s “narrative structure is much closer to the first Assassin’s Creed games, in the sense that it is more driven and linear than what players experience in the latest AC games.” While we will still have freedom to explore and experiment, choosing which order to tackle assassination missions, Beaulieu says Ubisoft Bordeux wanted Mirage’s story to be a “very intense and condensed narrative with a clear beginning and end.”
The Assassin’s Creed Mirage setting is 9th Century Baghdad – with the time period beginning in the year 861 (the Golden Age), a few decades before the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Artistic director Jean-Luc Sala says that at this time Baghdad was effectively at the center of the world, and “a key place for knowledge, art, innovation, science, commerce, and power.” As 9th century Baghdad was effectively destroyed five centuries later, Ubisoft looked to historical documentation and other cities of the time (such as Samarrah) to recreate Baghdad with as much accuracy as possible.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will pull a lot more focus onto assassinating targets. The main assassination events will take place in what Ubisoft is calling ‘Black Box missions’. These will be contained within Baghdad’s districts, and you’ll have the freedom to chart your own path to the target – by blending in with a crowd and following their path or tracking them from rooftop positions, for example. Mirage will introduce all-new assassination animations, new upgradable Assassins Tools, and the capacity to set traps within the environment. Mirage will also introduce a new feature that sounds similar to the Mark and Execute mechanic introduced in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction, which will allow Basim to perform multiple stealth kills at once.
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