Assassin’s Creed: Mirage, the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, will launch worldwide in 2023. Mirage invites you to immerse themselves in a magnificent ninth-century Baghdad at the peak of its Golden Age.
It offers a narrative-driven action-adventure experience with an intriguing coming-of-age storyline, charismatic protagonists, a majestic open city and modernized legacy gameplay focusing on parkour, stealth and assassinations.
They will embody a new hero, Basim Ibn Is’haq, a singular street thief with a mysterious past, who will join the Hidden Ones in Alamut on a quest for answers. Basim’s mentor, Roshan, will be voiced by Emmy-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is an homage to the series, and a particularly special tribute to the first Assassin’s Creed.
What excites me about Assassin’s Creed: Mirage is that we get to go back to the basics. Mirage reminds me of games like AC I, AC II and AC: Unity. The reason for this is due to the setting that it is set in, how we get to ‘hide in plain sight’ and the parkour. In the original Assassin’s Creed, we got to hunt our targets like a predator stalking its prey. You would blend into your surroundings or within crowds, waiting to strike. There was nothing more satisfying that hunting your target down. This was the same for Assassin’s Creed II, which for me is THE BEST game in the franchise, even still today.
I love the setting that the team has chosen, and it should give us plenty of places to skulk around in. The streets seem to be littered with crowds and market stalls for us to blend in and plenty of areas to traverse. This should give an Assassin’s Creed: Unity feel to it, which had some of the best parkour gameplay in the franchise.
The combat looks interesting with some multi-assassinations and takedowns. I’ve heard that this will work in much the same way as the Batman Arkham series of games. Though I believe there will be a cooldown to not be overused. This new skill can also be upgraded and will be interesting to see what the developers can achieve with it. Hopefully we get more news as we reach the end of 2022 and I for one can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.