Assassin’s Creed Mirage: A Return to the Series’ Stealth Roots, Possibly the Last RPG

Ubisoft's taking Assassin’s Creed back to its sneaky roots with 'Mirage' - ancient Baghdad's never looked this cool.

By GamesRecon

Ubisoft Bordeaux’s upcoming release, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, follows in the footsteps of AC Valhalla, but it represents a deliberate departure from recent iterations. In a bold move, Ubisoft is steering the series back to its original essence, prioritizing action-adventure, stealth, and parkour over the RPG elements that have characterized recent releases.

Mirage marks a significant shift by opting out of the RPG progression systems that have become synonymous with the franchise. Positioned as a spin-off, it aims to rekindle the series’ core essence, paying homage to each entry in the Assassin’s Creed series. With this shift, it’s plausible that Mirage could serve as the farewell to RPG mechanics within the franchise, as Ubisoft seeks to redefine the series’ identity.

 

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A Change in Direction

Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the new game in Ubisoft’s massive franchise and aims to take gamers back to the original formula that saw many people fall in love with the game.

Ubisoft changed the series direction by adopting a more RPG-centered approach, which delivered some exciting adventures and experiences. However, the RPG approach also came with flaws, causing the game to lose its authentic Assassin’s Creed emotions.

With Mirage, Ubisoft takes players back to stealth action and parkour while implementing other elements from each game in the robust series. The developer has promised the new direction will return to the true Assassin’s Creed experience.

Mirage Settings & Locations

Mirage Settings & Locations

Assassin’s Creed Mirage transports players to the magnificent world of Baghdad, two decades prior to the events of AC Valhalla, immersing them in the vibrant tapestry of this ancient city. The narrative unfolds as we witness Basim’s transformation from a humble street thief to a prominent figure within the enigmatic Hidden Ones.

Ubisoft has spared no expense in crafting premium graphics that rival the visual quality found in leading online casinos. This level of detail brings to life a flourishing Baghdad in the year 861, during a golden age for the city and its four distinct districts. While the industrial and garden districts have been disclosed, all districts are meticulously designed to emphasize stealth and parkour gameplay.

Players can anticipate larger crowds and an abundance of opportunities for exploration throughout the town. Ubisoft has officially confirmed the inclusion of the awe-inspiring fortress of Alamut, serving as the headquarters for the Assassin Order. Nestled in a picturesque valley, this fortress offers vast, explorable natural environments.

Furthermore, Basim’s journey intertwines with various historical figures, adding an extra layer of depth to the narrative. Explore this rich tapestry of history and intrigue as Assassin’s Creed Mirage takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the heart of Baghdad.

Mirage Gameplay, Narrative & Weapons

Mirage Gameplay, Narrative & Weapons

Ubisoft hasn’t released much concerning the narrative but said the game is tightly crafted and narrative-driven. Basim has a tragic past, which has him haunted by Djinn in nightmares. His mentor, Roshan, a formerly enslaved Persian turned high-ranking assassin, is also part of the story.

Since Mirage is returning to its stealth roots, there is no RPG-like leveling for characters and weapons. The focus is on stealth, blending in with bigger crowds, sneaking into places, identifying targets, executing them, and making sneak disappearances.

Gamers can expect social stealth, multiple target stealth assassinations, slowing down time, and pole vaulting. Bassim will also need several side missions, including taking out minor targets, bribing guards, finding clues, and eavesdropping on conversations to take down major targets.

For weaponry, Ubisoft has shown gas mines, smoke bombs, and an eagle friend, Enkidu, that provides a birds-eye view. Gamers will have the chance to upgrade tools, and those who preorder can get the 40 Thieves add-on content. Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.