Assassin's Creed Mirage Won't Contain "Real Gambling"

Assassin's Creed Mirage has now appeared on various stores for pre-order, and for the first time in franchise history, the explicit-content warning describes "real gambling". But this is apparently a mistake.

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We've had gambling in Assassin's Creed before, but we haven't had "real" gambling... | © Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Mirage has now been officially revealed. This is going to be the next Assassin's Creed game, and we expect it to be released in the spring of 2023. It's going to be set in Baghdad, and it sounds a lot closer to the older Assassin's Creed games than the more recent open-world/RPG style games. By that we mean Mirage is going to be closer to 30 hours than 130, and it's going to take place in a single city location.

One of the most curious things we first heard about this new game was that it's going to include "real gambling", but that's now been revealed to not be the case. Of course, we've had in-game gambling before, but it's never involved real-world money. And it still won't according to Ubisoft.

"Real Gambling" Won't Be Included In Assassin's Creed: Mirage

[Update, September 13]

The reason we thought AC: Mirage would contain real gambling is described in the original article below, but now Ubisoft have said that the "real gambling" description on the Xbox Store was just a mistake:

Sorry guys, we were curious about gambling too, but sadly it's just a mistake.

[Original Article]

If you go on the Xbox Store's official page for Assassin's Creed Mirage you can see that part of the description for the game's ESRB rating mentions "Real Gambling". So this isn't just a leak or rumor, it's been officially confirmed:

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Here's how AC Mirage appears on the Xbox Store. | © Ubisoft

We can tell that they actually do mean real gambling and not simulated in-game gambling, because ESRB make this distinction themselves. As their description of each rating confirms, a product rated for "Teen" can include "simulated gambling", whereas "gambling with real currency" is only mentioned under the "Adult Only 18+" rating.

So we know that this is going to involve real money, but we expect Ubisoft will have players buy the Assassin's Creed in-game currency, then gamble with that currency. This would still be "real gambling" as you have to pay for the in-game currency, but it would also mean that all rewards would be spent within the system, and that player's could never truly "cash out". A win-win for Ubisoft.

What do you think about playing casino games in 9th century Baghdad? Worth spending some cash, or a shameless move from Ubisoft? It's surely still going to better than whatever the hell they're doing with Skull and Bones...

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