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Assassin’s Creed Mirage: 5 Things You Should Know

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Ubisoft Forward, an event that brings some of the biggest creations to light, recently lifted the veil on Assassin's Creed Mirage, an all-new and revitalized entry to the beloved action role-playing saga. Although the devs kept a lot of its fleshier features under wraps during the latest showcase, streamers were still able to bask in a treasure trove of minor details. And as we move forward, particularly over the first few months of 2023, these few details will more than likely evolve into a fully-fledged universe.

Assassin's Creed Mirage hasn't received an official release date yet, though Ubi has confirmed that it will, in fact, be launching at some point in 2023 for consoles and PC. But what else do you need to know about this latest venture? Well, here are the five things you should scribble down before deciding whether or not to pre-order it.


5. What is Assassin's Creed Mirage?

Assassin's Creed Mirage Official Announcement Trailer | Ubisoft Forward 2022

Assassin's Creed Mirage is the next entry to the Assassin's Creed saga, and is currently the next game in line to arrive on both consoles and PC with a rough 2023 release window. The game itself serves as a prequel to Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and will be set twenty or so years before the Vikings' ascension and Eivor's story arc.

Mirage takes place in Baghdad during the 9th Century, a time where an underground organization known as “The Order of the Ancients” pulls the strings of society and holds power over the city. As Basim, a common thief, players will witness the rise of the “Hidden Ones,” a rebellious collective who ultimately become the well-known Assassins Brotherhood. This “coming-of-age” tale will more than likely lay the foundations for the Altaïr chapter, which just so happens to take place a couple of generations later.


4. Back to Basics

Ever since Assassin's Creed adopted the open world action role-playing formula, its games have only continued to double in size. Unlike Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla, though, Mirage will be returning to the basics. What this means is that, unlike the all-out combat mechanics and leveling systems as seen in the latest entries, the upcoming game will focus more on stealth and strategy.

It's been said that Mirage will take a leaf out of the original Assassin's Creed book. By that, players can expect less button mashing and bullet sponges, and more hidden blade takedowns and shadow dwelling. This will, of course, establish the foundations for what will eventually transition into Assassin's Creed, in which Altaïr assumes the reins and evolves the brotherhood moving forward.


3. Mirage Is Not an RPG

Ubisoft has indeed confirmed that Assassin's Creed Mirage will not be a role-playing game, similar to that of Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla. This does, of course, mean dialogue options won't be making an appearance, nor will the branching quest lines or multiple character choices. It is, in essence, a reimagining of the earlier Assassin's Creed games, only with a 9th Century setting and a much, much wider map.

Although fans of the series will argue that Assassin's Creed has only really come into its own since turning into an RPG, many will still stand by their word of it being a better series before the fall of Origins. Ubisoft, having listened to one half of its audience, has decided to follow up with the latter, meaning Mirage — surprise, surprise — will not be an RPG.


2. Mirage Will Be Significantly Shorter

Assassin's Creed Valhalla certainly proved just how much content a single-player game can produce, with a rough sixty-plus hours of base game material alone. And that isn't even taking into account the countless DLC and updates that Ubisoft loaded into Eivor's story, either. With Mirage, though, Ubisoft will be making it significantly shorter, while also keeping ahold of the larger maps.

Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin's Creed Mirage will feature a rough 15-20 hour storyline, with a harsher focus on a linear narrative and less time devoted to side quests and historical discoveries. To put it short, think every game prior to the release of Origins, and you've got yourself a rough idea of what Mirage will entail.


1. When Is Assassin's Creed Mirage Coming Out?

Ubisoft hasn't announced an official release date for Assassin's Creed Mirage yet. That said, the devs did make it clear during the Ubisoft Forward event that it will be coming in Spring 2023. Going by this, we could see the game launch by the end of next May, though you should probably take this with a grain of salt until Ubisoft is able to cast a little more light on it.

At the time of writing, Mirage is scheduled to launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Amazon Luna, and PC. It is unclear whether or not a Switch port will be arriving in 2023, or if it will be coming to the platform at all. You can keep tabs on the platforms, release date, and all the updates by following the official social handle here. We'll be sure to let you know if something pops up in the meantime.


So, what's your take? Are you excited to play Assassin's Creed Mirage drop next year? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

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