Nearly two years have passed since the release of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla(opens in new tab), the most recent installment in the series, so it’s safe to say that we’re overdue for another. Fortunately, we may get our first look at what’s next at the upcoming Ubisoft Forward event in September.
Recently, YouTuber j0nathan(opens in new tab) (via Rebs Gaming(opens in new tab)) reported that the official name of the upcoming game would be Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the newest Ubisoft leak. The game, which is scheduled for release in the spring of 2023, will take place in Baghdad sometime between 860 and 870 CE and feature gameplay similar to the first Assassin’s Creed.
This information is in regard to the Assassin’s Creed spinoff that was being developed under the codename Rift and whose existence was discovered earlier this year. In the beginning, it was supposed to be an expansion for Valhalla, but, in order to strengthen its Assassin’s Creed roster, Ubisoft opted to separate it off as its own game and release it independently.
According to the Bloomberg report that broke the news about Rift, the game will feature the character Basim Ibn Ishaq (opens in new tab), and it will have a greater emphasis on stealth gameplay than previous entries in the series. Rift will be smaller than previous entries in the series and will open in a new tab.
All of this is consistent with j0nathan’s video, and Jason Schreier, the Bloomberg journalist who wrote the report on Rift in February, stated on Twitter (opens in new tab) that parts of the report are accurate. These parts include the title of the new game, the setting, the “return to basics” gameplay, and the release target.
But he also stated that other components, such as the notion that there will be several cities to explore, are not accurate. He also expressed doubt(opens in new tab) that an Assassin’s Creed remake will be published as part of the Mirage season pass. The timeline that is mentioned in the video is also accurate: Ubisoft revealed in its report for the first quarter of 2022-23 that it would be delaying the release of a “smaller undisclosed premium game” from this year to the year 2023-2024.
To be clear, none of this pertains to Assassin’s Creed Infinity (opens in a new tab), the existence of which was confirmed by Ubisoft in July. There is currently no information available regarding that game, but rumours have it that it will be a live-service game that will take place in a number of different time periods.
Even if there hasn’t been much in the way of Assassin’s Creed news over the past couple of years, it doesn’t imply that things aren’t actually occurring behind the scenes. It shouldn’t take us too long to figure out what’s going on. Over the course of the previous year, Ubisoft has maintained a low profile, but we have high hopes for the upcoming Ubisoft Forward 2022, a large-scale exhibition that will take place on September 10.
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