Assassin’s Creed Mirage has been officially revealed by Ubisoft. Between a recent showcase and several major leaks, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Set to be the follow-up to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the next action-adventure entry in this decades-old franchise is taking the series back to its roots. Along with sharing official Ubisoft artwork featuring Basim Ibn Ishaq of Valhalla, the September 2022 Ubisoft Forward digital showcase detailed what to expect. Along with the news about Assassin’s Creed Infinity, this gave us our first official Mirage trailer.
There’s a lot for Assassin’s Creed fans to look forward to, but what exactly can we expect from a ‘series reboot’? Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: straight to the point
- What is it? A new Assassin’s Creed game set to take the series back to its roots
- When can I play? 2023, exact date to be defined
- What can I play on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC and Amazon Luna
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: trailers
We got our first official look at Assassin’s Creed Mirage during the Ubisoft Forward digital showcase in September 2022. While there are no gameplay footage included, this did provide a cinematic look at the story of Mirage, which you can check out in full below:
If you’re curious to find out more, you can also watch the full Ubisoft Forward 2022 presentation, which provided even more details for Mirage. Starting at 52:38 for Assassin’s Creed fans, this also gave us a look at the new DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, as well as two games coming to Assassin’s Creed Infinity.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: release date and platforms
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is coming in 2023, although we don’t have a specific release date just yet. Having been officially confirmed recently by Ubisoft, details are a little thin at the moment, but this release window backs up a ton of leaks surrounding the upcoming title.
In terms of platforms, Ubisoft has confirmed that, unlike Assassin’s Creed Infinity, Mirage will still be a cross-gen release. As such, expect to see it on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Amazon Luna cloud streaming service. Sadly, there’s no free upgrade across generations, but it’s also cheaper than recent big releases, launching at $49.99 / £39.99 RRP.
We may see a Nintendo Switch launch as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has arrived on the handheld hybrid via cloud streaming. It’s worth noting that it was limited to the Japanese market, so we can’t say for sure one way or the other.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: gameplay and setting
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is taking the series back to basics: set in Baghdad 20 years before Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Basim Ibn Ishaq, who was introduced in Valhalla, takes center stage. According to reports, Mirage started out as a spin-off of Valhalla before turning into its own full-fledged entry.
Basim is part of the first Brotherhood of Assassins, and Mirage takes us back to one of his previous adventures. Here, he is being taught by Roshan, a Persian assassin played by Shohreh Aghdashloo. Instead of the open-world RPG gameplay of more recent years, Assassin’s Creed Mirage focuses on stealth and parkour once again.
As such, expect a shorter experience overall, probably around 15-20 hours. When asked about the length of play in a IGN (opens in new tab) In an interview, executive producer Marc-Alexis Côté said, “Not everything has to be a 150-hour RPG, right?” confirming:
“It’s a minor Assassin’s Creed project. This was designed [and] built to commemorate the 15th anniversary. That’s why we’re using our modern Valhalla engine to build a smaller game that pays homage to our original game, focusing more on stealth, melee combat, parkour, and a denser city that harkens back to our roots in Middle East with Baghdad as its centerpiece.”
While we haven’t seen the gameplay yet, Ubisoft has confirmed that Baghdad is the only city in the game, split into four zones, although we’re also visiting Alamut. Each contains a boss ready to be thwarted, but it’s unclear how this plays out in the game’s progression. What we do know, according to narrative director Sarah Beaulieu, is that this story will include several historical figures.
Otherwise, Mirage takes a more linear, story-based approach, although there are segments where we can choose between different missions. Calling some of these “Black Box missions”, Ubisoft reports that these are its main assassination missions, offering different methods to take down a target. Similar to Origins, we can also use an eagle companion to explore new areas, but be careful, there are enemy archers nearby.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: news and rumors
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is officially revealed
We got our first look at Assassin’s Creed Mirage during the September 2022 Ubisoft Forward showcase.
Introducing a “very special Assassin’s Creed showcase”, Ubisoft confirmed many previously rumored details such as the Baghdad setting, Basim returning as the protagonist and how it takes us back to the series’ roots through stealth and parkour gameplay. But that wasn’t all for fans, as we soon discovered that Assassin’s Creed Mirage is just one of three newly revealed games in the series.
Along with the news about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s final DLC, this also revealed two new projects within Assassin’s Creed Infinity. Currently codenamed Red and Hexe, Red takes us to feudal Japan in a new open-world RPG, casting us as a shinobi. Meanwhile, Hexe appears to be more focused on 16th century witch hunts, according to recent leaks from Try hard games (opens in new tab).