Ubisoft has finally revealed the next big edition in the Assassin’s Creed series, following a series of leaks. It’s called Mirage, as predicted, and it moves the time-traveling franchise to Baghdad in the 9th century, where players will control a young assassin named Basim. (Mirage takes place twenty years prior to the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, so fans may recognise that name.)
Ubisoft has stated that the game will return to the series’ action-adventure roots, meaning that the RPG aspects included in the most recent titles will be absent. The release of Mirage is scheduled for the year 2023. The voice of Basim’s assassination mentor will be provided by Shohreh Aghdashloo, which is noteworthy in and of itself. That’s not all, though; Ubisoft also dropped a bunch of bombshells about the series’ trajectory.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a shorter, more narrative-driven game set 20 years before the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, in which players encounter a 17-year-old Basim (now voiced by Lee Majdoub) battling with nightmare visions and living life as a crafty street robber. Fortunately for Basim, the Hidden Ones (including his master Roshan, played by Shohreh Aghdashloo) see his talent and assist him in fleeing Baghdad to the Hidden Ones’ castle of Alamut.
He will hone his unique powers, discover his true nature, and come to grasp a new Creed as he learns their enigmatic rites and powerful doctrines – one that will transform his fate in ways he could never have imagined.
Mirage, an homage to the earliest Assassin’s Creed games, allows players to join the proto-Assassin order known as the Hidden Ones and grow to become a master assassin. Baghdad in the ninth century was a busy metropolis, and it serves as the ideal dense, urban hunting area for Basim, who stalks his target with the most instruments in the series to yet.
While they haven’t fully taken on the moniker “Assassins” yet, make no mistake: The Hidden Ones are a powerful and well-established order, with resources and a vital doctrine to guide them. As Basim traverses Baghdad, he’ll be able to obtain contracts and upgrades from a network of Hidden One bureaus throughout the city, as well as gather information on his targets and assassinate them quickly.
Basim will need to leap across roofs, scale tall skyscrapers, and avoid guards by parkouring smoothly around Baghdad’s four separate districts as the series returns to a large-scale urban environment. When gathering clues isn’t enough, Basim’s eagle Enkidu may take to the skies, scout locations, and tag adversaries for Basim to execute silently.
When will Ubisoft release Assassin’s Creed Mirage?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be released in 2023 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Amazon Luna, and PC with a Ubisoft+ subscription. Those wanting for even more on the first day can preorder the Deluxe Edition, which contains the base game, a digital artbook, a digital soundtrack, and a deluxe digital pack comprising a Prince of Persia-inspired clothing, eagle and mount skins, weapons, and more.
Those looking for the ultimate Assassin’s Creed Mirage experience can pre-order the Collector’s Case, which includes everything in the Deluxe Edition plus a 32cm Basim figurine, an exclusive Steelbook with a design chosen by fans, a mini-artbook, a replica of Basim’s brooch, a map of Baghdad, and a Selected Soundtrack of the game. The Collector’s Case is available for purchase in stores and on the Ubisoft Store.
Assassin’s Creed for smartphones
The first open-world Assassin’s Creed game for smartphones is being created by Ubisoft and is now called “Jade.” It is set in ancient China and will allow players to create their own characters. The Great Wall may also be traversed by parkour, which seems like fun. It says “Codename Jade” will be available soon. Although there are currently no specifics available, Ubisoft has also stated that it is working on an undisclosed mobile game for Netflix’s gaming service.
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Ubisoft provided some information regarding the games that will follow Mirage in regard to the mainline series’ future. The Quebec City office of Ubisoft is currently working on a game with the codename “Red,” which will take place in feudal-era Japan, while the Montreal team is developing a game with the codename “Hexe,” which is still in the early stages of production but seems to be about witches in some way. While Odyssey-style RPG mechanics are mainly being abandoned by Mirage, it looks like Red and Hexe will keep them.