Assassin's Creed Mirage will see the return of Basim Ibn Ishaq for another adventure as a Master Assassin. The game, known for a long time as Rift, is coming soon and is supposed to be a return to the roots of the series. How will the next Assassin's Creed game play, what will the setting be and when will it come out? We have the answers for you below!
Few franchises have established themselves as genre-defining games like Assassin's Creed. It’s a staple of the gaming industry, as more than twelve mainline entries and seventeen spin-offs have been created in the name of Assassin's Creed.
Another entry into this franchise is arriving with Basim Ibn Ishaq from Valhalla, as an unexpected rift occurs between the Assassins and Templars. This upcoming entry to the long-running series is named Assassin’s Creed Mirage, formerly known under the code name Assassin's Creed Rift. This has now been officially confirmed by Ubisoft. It plans to reset the franchise with a breath of fresh air and return to the roots of the series. In this article, we summarize everything we know about AC Mirage, including details on gameplay, story and the release date.
Assassin's Creed Mirage Release Date
Assassin's Creed Mirage is slated for a release in 2023 and will most likely launch by Spring 2023. Ubisoft announced the release window for next year during the Ubisoft Forward showcase. Jason Schreier of Bloomberg confirmed a leak by the YouTuber j0nathan, which revealed a possible release window between April and June 2023. So the next AC game is less than a year off.
Artworks for Mirage also leaked on the internet, before the official announcement. The images show an assassin, most likely Basim, in front of a huge gate and a shadow of a mysterious figure. One of the leaked images also promotes the DLC campaign called "The Forty Thieves Quest", which has now been confirmed to be a pre-order bonus.
Assassin's Creed Mirage Gameplay: Back To The Roots
Reports by Schreier have suggested that Assassin's Creed Mirage will return to the franchise’s classic gameplay style, as last seen in AC Unity and AC Syndicate. You know what that means, right? More stealth and action adventure, less open world RPG. The leaked description of the game (more on that below) confirms the inspiration from the early games in the series, saying: "Experience a modern take on the iconic features and gameplay that have defined a franchise for 15 years."
This has now been confirmed by Ubisoft. You can expect an AC game more in the style of the Ezio trilogy or more recently, Unity or Syndicate.
According to reliable leaks, many of the RPG systems from the last three Assassin's Creed titles have been cut from the game, if not all of them. That means no level system and no dialogue or romancing options. Mirage is set to be a purer AC experience, similar to older titles.
It has also been leaked that Mirage will feature large crowds within the big city of Baghdad. It is being speculated that the social stealth of the first games could come back, with the Assassin hiding inside the crowds. Other stealth elements from older titles also seem to make a comeback, like throwing knives and slow-motion stealth kills. Parkour is also supposed to feature more strongly again. This hasn't been outrightly confirmed by Ubisoft, but strongly implied in their descriptions of the game.
AC Mirage Setting & Story: One City Instead Of A Huge World
Assassin's Creed Mirage will be set in Baghdad, the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate and current-day Iraq. Some rumors have suggested that other cities will be included in the game. So far, Ubisoft has only talked about Baghdad as the setting though. It looks like we will get back to a single city as a setting, as we last had it in games like Unity and Syndicate.
It has been revealed, that the city will be split into five districts: Karkh, The Round City, Science District, Trade District, Military District. These will all have unique characteristics and will be freely explorable from an early point in the game. Not many more details have been revealed, we know that The Round City will include the Caliphate's palace, the science district will host places like the so-called House of Wisdom. As soon as we know more, we will update this article.
In AC Mirage, you will play as Basim Ibn Ishaq. Anyone familiar with Assassin's Creed Valhalla will remember this character as the reincarnated host of Loki, and we’re thoroughly excited at the thought of Ubisoft reusing Basim Ibn Ishaq in another mainline entry of Assassin's Creed. We don't know much about Basim's story in Mirage yet, but it is suggested that it will show his journey to joining the Hidden Ones.
The official description of the game has revealed a few days ahead of the expected reveal. It confirms all the previously leaked and discussed details about the story, setting and inspiration of the game. Here is the description:
Experience the story of Basim, a cunning street thief seeking answers and justice as he navigates the bustling streets of ninth-century Baghdad. Through a mysterious, ancient organization known as the Hidden Ones, he will become a deadly Master Assassin and change his fate in ways he never could have imagined.
Experience a modern take on the iconic features and gameplay that have defined a franchise for 15 years.
Parkour seamlessly through the city and stealthily take down targets with more visceral assassinations than ever before.
Explore an incredibly dense and vibrant city whose inhabitants react to your every move, and uncover the secrets of four unique districts as you venture through the Golden Age of Baghdad
Assassin's Creed Mirage will launch for all common platforms, meaning PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. That's all we know about Assassin's Creed Mirage so far. We will update this article as soon as we know more about the game.