Assassin’s Creed Mirage is now official. Ubisoft has revealed a teaser photo for the upcoming entry in their Assassin’s Creed franchise. Previous leaks had reported that the new title was codenamed “Rift” and was originally created as an expansion to 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. More details on Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be revealed during the Ubisoft Forward event, scheduled for September 11th at 12:30pm IST in India and September 10th at 12:00pm PT in the US. The presentation will be broadcast on the official Ubisoft Twitch and YouTube channels.
Assassin's Creed Mirage is the next Assassin's Creed game.
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Unlike recent entries in the franchise, the teaser image for Assassin’s Creed Mirage hints at a more classic take on the character. With the iconic white hood and hidden blade poking through his sleeve, our character appears to be dropping by for an assassination. This is consistent with previous reports claiming that Ubisoft is opting for a back-to-basics approach with the new game. Unlike the recent RPG-like open-world elements they’ve implemented into the franchise, the scope will be narrower, to the point where it doesn’t feel like an Assassin’s Creed game anymore.
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The background for the image features a Middle Eastern backdrop, consistent with previous reports implying the game will be held in Baghdad. According to Bloomberg, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the result of a planned expansion of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The DLC has been turned into a standalone game to fill the gap in Ubisoft’s “thin” fiscal year launch schedule. Development is being led by Ubisoft’s Bordeaux studio and is suspected to be behind schedule.
A few days ago, a YouTuber with the username J0nathan revealed some new information about Assassin’s Creed Mirage. The list confirmed the above details, along with some new developments. The video suggested that Mirage was eyeing a spring 2023 release and was set in Baghdad between 870 and 860 during the Samarra anarchy. Other notes include the addition of a String Dagger weapon and the return of Eagle Vision, a mechanic that allows heightened senses.
A now-deleted tweet from Assassin’s Creed fan site The Codex Network also shared artwork for the upcoming Mirage. The image shows our hero in the classic assassin robe while wielding a sword. In the distance you can see the silhouette of a giant charging towards him. This could mean that Ubisoft hasn’t completely abandoned the inclusion of mythical beasts in their Assassin’s Creed titles. Their 2018 entry, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, featured Greek characters like Medusa, Cyclops, and Minotaur as side quests.
Another version of Mirage art teases “The Forty Thieves Quest,” which is clearly a nod to the classic Arabic folk tale, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” Since the picture also contains giant doors, one might assume that it requires the “Open Sesame” password. If this leak is legit, it could be part of a pre-order bonus or some other type of DLC.
In July, information about a separate Assassin’s Creed title, codenamed Project Red, surfaced on the internet. Details are sparse, but according to people familiar with development and game reporter Jeff Grubb, the game is set in feudal Japan and follows the RPG format as seen in modern Assassin’s Creed games. Project Red will be part of Assassin’s Creed Infinity, which is being described as Ubisoft’s live service platform for future entries.
While there is no word on the release of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, we can assume that it will be released on all current-gen platforms – PS5, Xbox Series S/X and Windows PC. Further updates on the game and subsequent live service platform are expected at the Ubisoft Forward event on September 11th.