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Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the upcoming title in the long-running AC series, will be launched one week ahead of the previously scheduled date.
Initially, the game was set to release on October 12th. With the change, fans will now be able to experience the game on October 5th, 2023.
In addition to the new date, Ubisoft revealed that the game has gone gold, meaning it’s finished and ready for launch. Check it out in the tweet below:
Assassin's Creed Mirage has gone gold and is coming out a week early! 📀
On behalf of the entire team, we can't wait for you to explore 9th Century Baghdad with Basim.
— Assassin's Creed (@assassinscreed) August 14, 2023
The exact reason for this schedule change is unknown, especially since, on the initial date, October 12th, there are no major releases to compete with Assassin’s Creed Mirage. The biggest release around that time will be Lords of the Fallen.
We can only assume that Ubisoft simply wants to get this out to fans sooner rather than later, which is always a welcome decision, provided the game doesn’t suffer at launch as a result.
Returning to its Assassin’s Roots
Assassin’s Creed Mirage promises to return to the core of what made the series famous worldwide. As the franchise expanded, it added numerous RPG elements to its stealth action-adventure genre and even explored other themes slightly beyond the assassin’s mantle.
Set in 9th-century Baghdad, the game features Basim Ibn Ishaq, a character who already appeared in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Ubisoft Bordeaux, the studio responsible for Valhalla’s expansion Wrath of the Druids, leads the development of the new franchise game. Since Assassin’s Creed Mirage was initially a Valhalla DLC, it makes sense for this studio to spearhead this.
Yes, we started Mirage, in its first idea, as a Valhalla DLC, and it was quite different at the time. That idea only lived for a few weeks and only on paper, in fact. Quite early, we decided to become a standalone with a full new character because we saw all the potential of such a return to the roots. And it was all pretty quick. – Said the creative director Stephane Boudon to GameRant.
Speaking of which, Stephane Boudon did an AMA where the director mentioned that they don’t have plans for DLC or extensive post-launch content, which is unusual for Ubisoft considering how much they enjoy delivering extra content for their games.
Although we don’t have confirmations, we can speculate that this lack of additional content in Assassin’s Creed Mirage might be Ubisoft paving the way for the release of Assassin’s Creed Infinity, which will function as a hub for all future franchise games. Mirage is not included in this hub, being the last standalone game in that sense.
According to Assassin’s Creed’s Executive Producer, Marc-Alexis Côté, “Infinity is going to be a hub that will unite all our different experiences and our players together in meaningful ways.”
All the information about this project is still scattered and discreet, but eventually, we should have concrete news.
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