— 11 September 2022

Assassin’s Creed Mirage Trailer Confirms Return To Franchise Roots

— 11 September 2022
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

UPDATED [11/09/21]: Ubisoft has premiered the Assassin’s Creed Mirage trailer at today’s Ubisoft Forward Livestream, showcasing the video game company’s future projects.

Here’s the official game synopsis:

In Assassin’s Creed Mirage, you are Basim — a cunning street thief with nightmarish visions, seeking answers and justice. After an act of deadly retribution, Basim flees Baghdad and joins an ancient organisation: The Hidden Ones. As he learns their mysterious rituals and powerful tenets, he will hone his unique abilities, discover his true nature, and come to understand a new Creed – one that will change his fate in ways he never could have imagined.

Assassin's Creed Mirage Trailer Confirms Return To Franchise Roots

Original Article – ‘Assassin’s Creed Mirage’ Is Taking The Franchise Back To Its Roots

In recent years, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has been reinvented beyond recognition. The introduction of Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla marked a grand departure from the original stealth-based title that charmed millions; shedding story-driven experiences for convoluted RPG elements and a heavier focus on the fantastical. But with the confirmation of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, thankfully, that chapter seems as though it’s finally coming to a close.

Following the circulation of leaked artwork – as well the Bloomberg report published by Jason Schreier back in February – Ubisoft has unveiled the next entry of its best-selling open-world adventure series. Originally developed as an expansion of Valhalla under the codename “Project Rift,” Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be set in 9th century Baghdad and focus on the fan-favourite side character Basim Ibn Ishaq (a reincarnation of the Norse deity Loki within the in-game universe’s canon).

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The first official artwork – see: above – features Basim leaping through an archway with the Palace of the Golden Gate in the background, ostensibly going for the kill.

As we touched upon earlier, multiple sources indicate Mirage will also “return to basics” – doing away with RPG-style progression, dialogue choices, scaling down the environment a touch, and (re)emphasising the importance of stealth.

Other potential elements that are currently up for debate include the following:

  • The game will take place between 860 and 870 during the Anarchy in Samarra
  • Basim will be a thief in his youth until he encounters the Hidden Ones
  • Multiple cities to explore, separated by desert and rivers like the Kingdom of Assassin’s Creed I
  • Gameplay will be slightly different from Valhalla, less raw with new animations
  • Eagle Vision is back but so is the “drone bird”
  • There will also be “Visions of Loki” depicting how Loki manifested into Basim’s body and consumed him
Assassin's Creed Mirage - Leaked Artwork
Leaked ‘Assassin’s Creed Mirage’ Artwork

In addition to all this, Ubisoft is apparently preparing to remake the first Assassin’s Creed in secret based on Project Rift, reusing a “large part of the assets.” Said remake should also be integrated into a season pass which includes a Constantinople DLC (when Basim meets Sigurd).

Assassin’s Creed Mirage is scheduled to hit shelves sometime in 2023 – further details to come on September 10th during the Ubisoft Forward livestream event.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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