After numerous leaks and rumours, Ubisoft has finally revealed its brand new project – Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the next entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The studio announced the game via a Twitter post where it also stated that more details would be made available at the Ubisoft Forward showcase slated for this week. Ubisoft Forward will commence on September 10 at 12noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK (so 5am on September 11 AEST). The announcement was paired with a new artwork reveal which gave us the very first look at our protagonist (speculated to be Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s Basim) in the air as he tries to land that perfect assassination.
Assassin's Creed Mirage is the next Assassin's Creed game.
— Assassin's Creed (@assassinscreed) September 1, 2022
Formerly codenamed as “Rift,” Assassin’s Creed Mirage will serve as the follow-up to the widely successful 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The game will be set in 9th century Baghdad and was initially started off as an expansion to Valhalla. As per notable Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, Mirage will see Valhalla‘s Basim Ibn Ishaq (the human reincarnation of the Isu Loki) as the main character and feature a relatively smaller world. The game will bring the focus back to stealth, an element that has been massively ignored in recent games in the series. Schreier also says that Ubisoft intends to release Assassin’s Creed Mirage sometime in 2023, which isn’t that far away.
There are also leaked artworks that show the silhouette of the same protagonist carrying a sword and the iconic hidden blade. The character is standing in front of what appears to be huge gates ready to face off against some creature with a curved sword. The artwork and the overall style of these leaked images match the style that Ubisoft has used in other promotional artworks before, which further adds credibility. It’s great to hear that Ubisoft is going back to its roots and ditching the whole big open-world, RPG style for stealth-based gameplay.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has always been about stealth and silent takedowns and Mirage might bring that flair back into the series. However, Mirage isn’t the only Assassin’s Creed game that Ubisoft currently has in its pipeline. The studio is also working on a live-service game codenamed Infinity, which will apparently incorporate separate but interconnected Assassin’s Creed games, with constant content updates introducing more locations and timelines. The game is still currently in active development, but Ubisoft has not shared many details surrounding it. So, we all have some waiting to do.
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