Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the next game in the series after AC: Valhalla, but it’s unique in that it’s more of a spin-off title. With development led by Ubisoft Bordeaux, Mirage won’t adopt the RPG-like progression systems of Valhalla, instead taking the series back to its original action-adventure roots, with a big focus on stealth and parkour.
That makes it even more intriguing in our eyes – especially since Ubisoft has said that it will pay homage to every game in the series, with elements from each finding their way into this game.
Here’s everything we know about Assassin’s Creed Mirage so far:
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Who is the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Mirage?
The protagonist of Mirage is Basim, who played a supporting role in AC Valhalla. Mirage will take place 20 years before the events of Valhalla, meaning we’ll be following Basim through a coming-of-age story as he graduates from street thief to a fully-fledged member of the Hidden Ones, the first iteration of the Assassin order founded by Aya and Bayek of AC Origins.
What is the setting of AC Mirage?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is set in Baghdad in the year 861, which is a golden age for the city that would be destroyed five centuries later. The Baghdad we’ll see will be flourishing in knowledge, art, and innovation.
We know that the city will be split into four different districts, with an industrial and gardens district being mentioned so far.
Ubisoft has said the city is specifically built to cater to the increased focus on stealth and parkour, with much bigger crowds, and plenty of opportunities to traverse up, down, and around the town.
What other locations will you be able to visit?
Ubisoft has confirmed that Alamut, a towering fortress that is the headquarters of the Assassin Order, will be featured for the first time in a video game. Previously, this location has been mentioned in the series lore, but never seen.
In our hands-on preview of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Alumut formed a significant part of the game’s prologue series, which sees Basim get the training he needs. It’s an explorable area nestled in a valley, and its natural environments were a nice juxtaposition to the urban Baghdad.
What else is going on in the Mirage story?
At the time of writing, Ubisoft hasn’t revealed too much more about the narrative, aside from the fact that Basim will encounter notable historical figures in the story, like in other Assassin’s Creed games.
Ubisoft has also said that Basim has a tragic past, and is haunted by nightmarish visions – potentially Djinn.
We also know that Basim’s mentor Roshan will play a big part in the story. Rosahn is a former Persian slave, who is now a high-ranking assassin. She’s played by Emmy-award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, (Lakshmi-2 in Destiny 2), who has a very distinctive voice.
Ubisoft has said that Mirage will be a tightly crafted, narrative-driven experience compared to the mainline games, so we can probably expect a quicker pace than the likes of Valhalla.
What is the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Mirage like?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is taking the series back to its roots, meaning there won’t be any RPG-like levelling systems for weapons or your character.
The focus is going to be on a more refined stealth and parkour experience – sneaking into places, blending in with the crowd, identifying your target, taking them out, and disappearing.
Social stealth – being able to blend in with a crowd – returns, and the game will also feature new manoeuvres such as being able to slow down time, stealth assassinations on multiple targets, and a pole-vaulting ability to get across wide gaps.
In our hands-on preview of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, we found that the denser crowds and more prevalent guards made steal missions quite the challenge however, with Basim being on more equal footing with his opponents.
Tracking down a major target will involve undertaking several side missions to find out more information about them, and may involve assassinating minor targets, finding clues, bribing guards, and eavesdropping on conversations.
Gone is the minimap and direct objective waypoints, meaning you’ll have to pay more attention to your surroundings to get what you need.
What kind of weapons and tools are in AC Mirage?
Basim will have a number of tools to help him sneak in and out of places. So far, Ubisoft has shown us footage of gas mines, which can be laid down as traps to stop guards, as well as a smoke bomb to obscure the vision of your enemies. We can confirm that these tools can be upgraded to be very useful indeed, performing greater effects and even doing significant damage to guards.
Basim will also have access to an eagle friend, called Enkidu, who can provide you with a birds-eye view of the area and spot guards and resources. However, certain enemies will be able to shoot the bird down, so you’ll need to take this into consideration when planning for missions.
What kind of add-on content is planned for Mirage?
Ubisoft has so far outlined one piece of add-on content, the supernatural-themed 40 Thieves, which presumably is a play on the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. This will be available free to anyone who preorders the game.
Also available for preorder is a cosmetic set, with horse armour and clothing inspired by Ubisoft’s other Middle East-inspired series, Prince of Persia.
What platforms will Assassin’s Creed Mirage be on?
AC Mirage will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
What is the Assassin’s Creed Mirage release date?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be released on Thursday 5 October 2023.
The game was initially scheduled to be released on 12 October 2023 until Ubisoft moved it forward to avoid a busy release week.
What’s in the Assassin’s Creed Mirage Deluxe Edition?
The AC: Mirage Deluxe Edition includes:
- The Prince of Persia-inspired Deluxe Pack with:
- Sand Eagle
- Sand Horse
- Sand Outfit
- Outfit Dye Desert Sands Initiate of Alamut
- Hourglass of time
- Sand Sword
- Dagger of Time
- Digital art book of 78 pages
- Digital selected game soundtrack
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