Assassin’s Creed fans are already worried about Mirage’s monetization model, but the ESRB’s pending changes mean those concerns seem premature.
Revealed in a recent showcase, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is set to be the next main entry in the series, returning Ubisoft’s heavyweight series to its roots in a new stealth-focused adventure. It is currently the only game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise listed with an adult age rating of only 18, in part because of its supposed gameplay mechanics.
As a reddit (opens in new tab) fan seen on the game’s Xbox store, the ESRB – the official US media age rating agency – says the game will include “real play”, meaning the “player can wager, including wagering or wagering in cash or currency real”. This is opposed to “simulated play”, which would allow players to play using an in-game currency without spending real money.
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The description already has fans on Reddit and reset era (opens in new tab) concerned about in-game monetization models that may appear in Mirage. Ubisoft is no stranger to cash-based auxiliary models, introducing them to games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Rainbow Six Extraction.
But concerns about Mirage’s gameplay seem somewhat unfounded. Despite what the game’s Xbox store page suggests, Mirage has yet to be officially rated and is not listed on the ESRB catalog (opens in new tab). Due for release in 2023, the adults-only rating is likely just a placeholder that will be updated closer to launch. The provisional rating doesn’t even appear in all cases, with a short trailer on the game’s official website Instagram (opens in new tab) page showing that your ESRB rating is still pending.
And if the game appears in-game, it likely won’t involve loot boxes – as some concerned Assassin’s Creed fans have suspected. As of 2020, the ESRB has labeled all games “that include purchases with any random elements, including loot boxes, gacha games, item or card packs, prize wheels, treasure chests, and more” as having “in-game purchases.” ”. This label does not appear in Mirage’s preliminary classification.
Mirage is more likely to be rated Mature, as per previous entries in the Assassin’s Creed series. Publishers rarely release games rated Adults Only, aiming for the lowest possible age rating to bring their titles to the broader consumer market. Even a bombastically violent game like GTA 5 has escaped the Adult Only category. For now, don’t expect Mirage to include gambling.