Is Assassins Creed Mirage worth the excitement


Maylin Knoblich, Review Writer

When a new Assassins Creed game is released, the gaming community expects the best possible product. Assassins Creed, a multi-million dollar franchise created by developers Ubisoft, has acquired a good reputation. Ubisoft tries its best to deliver on this need, and most of the time, they do, but at certain times, they don’t.

Will the latest release of Assassins Creed Mirage be as good as we expect it to be? Will it be somewhat of a new experience, or is it going to be something more of a traditional and original experience?

So far, the characters and story have been confirmed and hinted at in some aspects. It has been confirmed that the user will play as young Basim Ibn Is’haq, which we have seen once before in the previous Assassins creed game, Valhalla, as a supporting character.

(Spoilers ahead)

Basim, in the previous game, was responsible for showing the main character of that game, Eivor, the ways of the Assassins and even giving him the iconic hidden blade. He later was revealed to be the reincarnation of Loki and ended up being the main Villain and boss battle.

Assassins Creed Mirage will take a deeper dive into the backstory of Basim and his early life as a thief in the streets of Baghdad. The story will reveal an eventual discovery and joining of the hidden ones and the apprenticeship Basim shared with Roshan, the leader of the hidden ones. 

The Hidden ones are an early incarnation of the Assasins group. Basim is the only person that Roshan takes interest in and trains as her apprentice. 

In the last installment, the system of play was much different than anything in the original Assassins Creed. Unlike the previous installment, the new one brings back a more classic Assassins Creed experience centered around stealth and parkour rather than new mechanics.

The parkour engine is being worked on, bringing back beloved parkour moves and adding new ones that will allow significant gaps to be cleared. This parkour should feel more fluid and agile than all the rest of the games.

The map’s design has also been adapted to make it more stealthy. The rooftops and buildings are designed for dropping, hiding, and vanishing when caught. This differs from the broader, more open cities in the last installment.

Assassins Creed Mirage will release at some time in 2023. Sadly, publishers have not released an official release date. It will release on many platforms, including ps4 and ps5, Xbox series X, and Xbox One. It will likely also be in the Ubisoft and Epic Games stores. 

This is a seemingly very appealing game that I can not wait to get my hands on. After Assassins Creed Valhalla, I’m excited to have a more linear story and a more classic Assassins Creed game with more emphasis on the mechanics of being an assassin. 

The introduction of more fluid parkour and faster parkour at that will be a very welcomed addition. Sometimes, when climbing, you feel like it takes a long time to reach the top, especially on large buildings. So playing as someone with enhanced parkour abilities that will let the player climb faster will be very nice.

Overall, everything that has been confirmed makes this game sound as if it will be one of the best of the  Assassins Creed series. The fact that we will be playing in the new environment of ancient Baghdad is also exciting.