Assassin’s Creed Mirage has been officially confirmed by Ubisoft, and while details are scarce, the title has generated a lot of leaks.
Set to be the follow-up to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the next entry in the decades-old franchise is rumored to take the series back to its roots. Ubisoft shared the art, featuring Basim of Valhalla, but that alone was a crumb enough to seemingly support the leaks and rumors surrounding the title.
We’ll no doubt get some concrete details during this week’s Ubisoft Forward digital showcase. The publisher teased fans with a tweet (opens in new tab) last week saying that, as well as confirming that Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the title of the next game in the series.
So what can we expect from a ‘series reset’? Here’s everything we’ve heard so far.
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? to be defined
- What can I play on? to be defined
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: release date and platforms
Assassin’s Creed Mirage was only recently officially confirmed by Ubisoft, with more details being revealed for this week’s reveal event. So there’s still no word on a release date.
That said, there have been a ton of leaks surrounding the upcoming title, including whispers of a 2023 release date. Or a possible release later this year. This is all pure speculation at this stage, so it’s worth waiting for more information this weekend.
Platform-wise, we’d make a hunch that Assassin’s Creed Mirage will come to PC and have a cross-gen console release. And that appears to be backed up by a new leak from frequent Twitter leaker Tom Henderson.
He is shared (opens in new tab) what he claims is the official product description for the game on the PlayStation Store. The copy confirms the leaked Baghdad setting, as does protagonist Basim, and the renewed focus on stealth. Also Says Assassin’s Creed Mirage Will Be Available on PS4 and PS5, Suggesting It’s Coming to Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One. And the best part? The PS5 digital version is available at no extra cost if you have the PS4 version of the game.
There is a problem, however. If you have Assassin’s Creed Mirage on disc for PS4 and you have PS5 Digital Edition console, you will not be able to insert disc and get PS5 update. Then you’ll have to shell out for the PS5 version.
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
The leaks surrounding Assassin’s Creed Mirage have been pretty consistent with each other so far. They paint a picture of a series reboot that will see the franchise return to its stealth roots. We can come up with a reasonable idea of what to expect – as long as the rumors are close to being accurate. Ubisoft’s core artwork further cements everything we’ve heard so far, but until we get official confirmation, don’t believe the rumors too much.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is taking the series back to basics: set in Baghdad, we already know that Basim will be the center of attention. Introduced in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Basim is part of the first Brotherhood of Assassins, and Mirage will take us on his previous adventures. According to reports, the upcoming Mirage started out as a spin-off of the Viking-themed title before turning into its own full-fledged entry in the franchise.
Instead of the open-world RPG gameplay of more recent years, Assassin’s Creed Mirage looks set to shake off the bloated trappings that come with the larger scope of these games. Instead, there seems to be a focus on stealth and a lesser experience overall. Fans yearning for a return to the good old days of Assassin’s Creed should be happy.
According to leaker j0hnathan, via @Mr_Rebs (opens in new tab), Baghdad will be the only city in the game, but it will be divided into four zones. Each one contains a boss ready to be thwarted, but it’s unclear how this plays out in the game’s progression.
According to Return to Roots, leakers claim the throwing knives are back, along with the hidden holes in the roof. Assassin’s Creed has always embraced parkour, but Mirage is doubling down on that. The leaker says there will be significantly more environmental opportunities to stretch these flexible muscles. This includes lanterns “to turn a corner of a wall” and poles to access “distant buildings”.
Following in Assassin’s Creed Unity’s footsteps, the streets of Assassin’s Creed Mirage are said to be full of NPCs. That first attempt didn’t pan out for Ubisoft, and we haven’t seen subsequent installments in the series attempt to hit such an ambitious goal since.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: news and rumors
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is set to be revealed this weekend at Ubisoft Forward. The event will feature a “very special Assassin’s Creed showcase” according to the latest blog post (opens in new tab) on the publisher’s website.
First official details coming this week
Ubisoft’s Mirage tweet confirms that we’ll be hearing all about Assassin’s Creed Mirage this weekend. With the series’ 15th anniversary and rumors of multiple games on the horizon, it should be a treat for fans of the franchise.
Assassin’s Creed Infinity, and the rumors of Project Red and Project Hexe are also set to be revealed, according to Tom Henderson (via effort guides (opens in new tab)). Project Red will be set in Japan with a samurai assassin. Meanwhile, Project Hexe will apparently be the “darkest Assassin’s Creed game ever”. It sounds like the most interesting of the three, honestly, against the backdrop of the witch hunts in 16th century Europe.