Assassin's Creed Mirage was revealed last year, alongside a cinematic trailer. It showed protagonist Basim Ibn Ishaq running from guards, using rooftops and traps to escape. It set the scene for what is clearly a very different Assassin's Creed game when compared the last few entries in the series.
Comments from developers confirm this new direction to be one that harkens back to the very first Assassin's Creed game, with a focus on parkour, stealth and a smaller, more-focused map. If this all plays out as teased, Assassin's Creed Mirage could be a real return to the series' roots.
For now, here's what we know about Assassin's Creed Mirage so far. This includes a look at the latest trailer, as well as some developer comments that could point to what the game could be like at launch. As Ubisoft announces more details, this page will be updated.
Assassin's Creed Mirage: cut to the chase
- What is it? Assassin's Creed game set in Baghdad
- When can I play it? TBC 2023
- What can I play it on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC
Assassin's Creed Mirage: release date and platforms
Assassin's Creed Mirage is launching in 2023, though we don't have a specific release date just yet. Ubisoft only confirmed the game's existence and release window in 2022, following a ton of leaks around the upcoming title.
In terms of platforms, Ubisoft has confirmed that Mirage will be a cross-generation release. As such, expect to see it on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and cloud streaming service Amazon Luna. There's, unfortunately, no free upgrade between generations, but it's also cheaper than recent big releases, launching for $49.99 / £39.99 RRP.
Here's everything we know so far about Assassin's Creed Mirage, including the reveal trailer, as well as all of the latest news. As new details come to light, you'll find them here. Hopefully we hear more on a possible release date sooner rather than later.
Assassin's Creed Mirage trailers
We got our latest official look at Assassin's Creed Mirage during the Ubisoft Forward digital showcase in September 2022. While there's no gameplay footage included, this provided a cinematic look at Mirage's story, which you can check out in full below:
Unfortunately, we have only received one trailer for Assassin's Creed Mirage so far. As soon as we see more, you will find this page to be updated with more trailers.
Assassin's Creed Mirage: story and setting
Assassin's Creed Mirage is taking the series back to basics: set in Baghdad 20 years before Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Basim Ibn Ishaq, who was introduced in Valhalla, takes center stage. According to reports, Mirage began as a Valhalla spin-off before escalating into its own fully fledged entry.
Basim is part of the first Assassin Brotherhood, and Mirage takes us on one of his earlier adventures. Here, he's being taught by Roshan, a Persian assassin portrayed by Shohreh Aghdashloo. Rather than the open-world RPG gameplay of more recent years, Assassin's Creed Mirage focuses on stealth and parkour once again.
As such, expect a smaller experience overall, likely around 15 to 20 hours. When asked about the game's length in an IGN interview, executive producer Marc-Alexis Côté said, "Not everything has to be a 150 hour RPG, right?”, confirming:
“It is a smaller Assassin's Creed project. This was conceived [and] built to celebrate the 15th anniversary. So that's why we're using our modern Valhalla engine to build a smaller game that pays tribute to our original game by focusing more on stealth, on close-quarter combat, on parkour, and a denser city that goes back to our roots in the Middle East with Baghdad as the centerpiece.”
Assassin's Creed Mirage gameplay
While we've yet to see gameplay, Ubisoft has confirmed that Baghdad is the only city in the game, split into four zones, though we're also visiting Alamut. Each one contains a boss ready to be thwarted, but it's unclear how that unfolds in-game. What we do know, according to narrative director Sarah Beaulieu, is that this story will include various historical figures.
As for how you’ll navigate Baghdad, lead producer on Assassin Creed Mirage Fabian Salomon said in an interview with Arab Hardware (via PCGamesN) that Mirage’s parkour will take some inspiration from the mechanics in Assassin’s Creed Unity:
“We are seriously trying to reach this level with Mirage, and since Baghdad is dense as I mentioned, we want the players to enjoy their time in the city through parkour, which was and still is one of the important pillars that we depended on in the style of playing with Assassin's Creed Mirage”.
In fact, as part of going back to the series’ roots, Salomon said Mirage will take inspiration from other early titles. This includes the return of Assassination Contracts from Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood. He does also, however, mention “new and different opportunities to interact with the environment in Baghdad”, including “new mechanics” in hiding and in assassination among crowds.
Assassin's Creed Mirage news
Fans helped shape Ubisoft's decision to create the "more intimate" Mirage
Speaking to Gamesradar as part of its Big in 2023: Assassin's Creed Mirage story (opens in a new tab), creative director Stéphane Boudon commented on how fan feedback helped build the starting point for Mirage's world design:
"Amongst our fans, we started hearing the desire for a character-driven story, focused on the core pillars of the first ACs in a more intimate scale. It resonates with us as well, as developers, and this was the starting point of the project."