The next entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will release on PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series, PC and Luna sometime in 2023.
While details are limited, the following overview can be found via the official website:
In Assassin’s Creed Mirage, you are Basim, a cunning street thief with nightmarish visions seeking answers and justice. Join an ancient organization and come to understand a new creed – one that will change Basim’s fate in ways he never could have imagined.
A POWERFUL COMING-OF-AGE STORY
Discover a narrative-driven action-adventure experience that follows the transformation of a defiant young man into a refined Master Assassin with a conflicted destiny. Meet an inspiring cast of characters who will shape Basim’s destiny and may be more than what they seem…
THE ULTIMATE ASSASSIN
Parkour seamlessly through the city and leverage the largest assortment of tools to date, and stealthily take down targets with more visceral assassinations than ever before.Ubisoft
AN IMMERSIVE, REACTIVE CITY
Explore a dense and vibrant city whose inhabitants react to your every move. Uncover the secrets of four unique districts, from the industrial Karkh to the lush gardens of the Round City. Discover surprising world events and interact with historical figures that shaped the Golden Age of Baghdad.
A TRIBUTE TO AN ORIGINAL
Experience a modern take on the features and gameplay that have defined a franchise for 15 years. Journey to Alamut, the legendary home of the Assassins who laid the foundations of the Creed in this heartfelt homage to the game that started it allUbisoft
In addition to the overview, Ubisoft added some further comments via their official blog that suggests a new direction for the franchise.
A shorter, more narrative-driven game than recent entries in the series, Assassin’s Creed Mirage takes place 20 years before the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, as players meet a 17-year-old Basim (now voiced by Lee Majdoub) struggling with nightmarish visions and living life as a cunning street thief. Fortunately for Basim, the Hidden Ones (including his mentor Roshan, voiced by Shohreh Aghdashloo) see his potential and help him flee Baghdad to the Hidden Ones’ fortress of Alamut. 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.
Built as an homage to the first Assassin’s Creed games, Mirage pays tribute to the series’ roots, as players join the proto-Assassin order known as the Hidden Ones and grow to become a master assassin. Baghdad in the ninth century was a bustling metropolis, and it serves as the perfect dense, urban hunting ground as Basim stalks his prey using the series’ largest assortment of tools to date. While they haven’t quite adopted the name “Assassins” at this point in history, make no mistake: The Hidden Ones are a powerful and established order, with resources and the all-important creed to guide them. As Basim explores Baghdad, he’ll be able to get contracts and upgrades from a network of Hidden One bureaus throughout the city, collect clues on his targets, and take them down with swift assassinations.
Of course, an assassin’s greatest advantage comes from their climbing ability, and as the series returns to a large-scale urban environment, Basim will need to leap across rooftops, scale tall towers, and flee guards by parkouring seamlessly through Baghdad’s four distinct districts. When information can’t be gained by gathering clues, Basim’s eagle Enkidu can take to the skies, survey areas, and tag enemies for Basim to stealthily eliminate.Ubisoft Blog
Those interested can find preorders are now live and include a Deluxe and Collector’s Edition.
Those looking for even more on day one can preorder the Deluxe Edition which includes the base game, a digital artbook, digital soundtrack, and deluxe digital pack containing a Prince of Persia-inspired outfit, eagle and mount skins, weapons, and more. Those who want the ultimate Assassin’s Creed Mirage experience can preorder the Collector’s Case, which includes everything available in the Deluxe Edition plus a 32cm figurine of Basim, an exclusive Steelbook with a design chosen by fans, a mini-artbook, Basim’s brooch replica, a map of Baghdad as well as a Selected Soundtrack of the game. The Collector’s Case is available at retail and on the Ubisoft Store.Ubisoft Blog