Assassin’s Creed fans rejoice! The first trailer for Assassin’s Creed Mirage is here and it’s everything we could have wished for. At least, it sure feels like it, going by the pre-rendered clip. Not so long ago, Ubisoft announced its latest entry Assassin’s Creed Mirage, with an assurance it would reveal more during this year’s Ubisoft Forward event. Staying true to its promise, the studio dropped an enticing new trailer that walks us through the life of our protagonist Basim Ibn Ishaq and is packed with classic stealth, action, and combat we all know and love for the original games.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is set several years prior to the events of Valhalla and the trailer dives deep into Basim’s life, the ace assassin from the game, revealing how he came to be what we know him as today. The game will teleport us to the 9th Century CE Baghdad, Iraq, a time when the city was the heart of science, art, and trade in the world. In Mirage, we get to play as a 17-year-old Basim, who’s “struggling with nightmarish visions and living life as a cunning street thief.” The game will be all about his life before and after becoming an Assassin.
The trailer starts our protagonist taking the Assassin’s oath, enunciating “I Am” to many statements as we zip past through past events of his early life as a low-level thief to the turning point in his life when his finger is removed and he becomes an Assassin. The entire trailer has been narrated by Roshan, Basim’s mentor, who players will meet early on in the game. She will be a central character and will be along for the ride until the very end of the game. Emmy-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo has lent her amazing voice to Roshan, while Lee Majdoub will be voicing Basim.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage takes place 20 years before 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and is “built as an homage to the first Assassin’s Creed games.” As per Ubisoft, “Mirage pays tribute to the series’ roots, as players join the proto-Assassin order known as the Hidden Ones and grow to become a master assassin.” The game will be ditching the big open world maps, unnecessary questlines and side quests, and RPG elements in favour of a tight, linear action-adventure game that focuses more on stealth, parkour, and assassination.
The small and bustling streets of Baghdad seem like a perfect setting and “serve as the perfect dense, urban hunting ground” for players to put their assassination skills and techniques to use. With stealth coming back into focus, Ubisoft says, “Basim will need to leap across rooftops, scale tall towers, and flee guards by parkouring seamlessly through Baghdad’s four distinct districts. When information can’t be gained by gathering clues, Basim’s eagle Enkidu can take to the skies, survey areas, and tag enemies for Basim to stealthily eliminate.”
Alongside the trailer, the studio also announced the collector’s edition, which comes with the deluxe version of the game and a DLC pack inspired by the Prince of Persia series. There’s also a steelbook case, a selected soundtrack, a figurine of Basim, a replica of Basim’s brooch, a map of Baghdad, and a digital art book included with the bundle. The collector’s edition is priced at USD$150. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is slated to launch sometime in 2023 and will be available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Amazon Luna, and on PC with a Ubisoft+ subscription.