With just over 2 weeks left, excitement over “Assassin’s Creed’s return to shelves is building. Recently, 88 minutes of gameplay were leaked, showing side quests and game mechanics. So far, Ubisoft seems intent on bringing “Assassin’s Creed” back to the more stealthy gameplay of its earlier releases.
Release Date and Platforms
Assassin’s Creed is scheduled for a wide release on October 5, 2023. The list of platforms is:
- Amazon Luna
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X/S
- a later iOS release only available on iPhone 15 pro
Ubisoft+ users will immediately have the game available. An exclusive mission, “The Forty Thieves,” will be available for players who pre-order the game. A deluxe edition will include a “Prince of Persia” inspired pack featuring additional weapons and cosmetic items, the game’s soundtrack, and a digital art book. This can also be bought separately.
Plot and Gameplay
The new game will be set in 9th-century Baghdad, some decades before the events of Valhalla. Mirage follows the street thief “Basim Ibn Ishaq,” who becomes a “Hidden One” under his mentor Roshan. “Mirage” will likely remind players of the earlier games, focusing more on stealth while reducing role-playing features. It will opt out of the open-world feel of the recent games for a more intimate storyline focusing on close-quarter combat and parkour missions.
“Basim,” the main character, will have access to weapons, including the Assassin Hidden Blade, smoke bombs, throwing knives, and poison darts. All of the weapons can be upgraded through a skill tree.
What else is going on?
Not much has been revealed about the game. Firstly, it has been teased that Basim will encounter many famous historical figures of his time in the story. He will also be haunted by visions, possibly induced by the Islamic concept of “Djinn.” His mentor, Roshan, will be a formerly enslaved Persian.
Ubisoft’s website describes the game as a “Tribute to an Original.” Players can Journey to Alamut as an homage to the original game. Besides Basim and Roshan, two other characters, Nehal and Ali, have also been revealed.