When the trailer for Assassin’s Creed Mirage was showcased at the PlayStation event on May 24, it undeniably struck a reminiscent chord with many fans. The exotic Eastern setting, eerily similar to the iconic first instalment of the Assassin’s Creed series, may have led some to question if we were being served a remastered edition of the beloved classic.
The truth, however, deviates from such speculation. Despite the apparent visual and atmospheric parallels with Assassin’s Creed 1, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a brand-new narrative, a fresh and intriguing chapter that is set to thrill the gaming world. It unfolds in a different city, at an earlier point in history, and presents us with a new protagonist whose adventures we’re yet to uncover.
Exploring A Different Realm
While the genesis of Assassin’s Creed series depicted the journey of Desmond in 2012 and the heroic exploits of Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, a brave member of the Assassin Brotherhood, during the tumultuous era of the Third Crusade in the 12th century, Assassin’s Creed Mirage invites us to delve deeper into the annals of history.
Set twenty years prior to the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, this captivating narrative catapults us into the vibrant cityscape of 9th-century Baghdad. Here, we join the youthful Basim Ibn Ishaq as he grapples with the tenets of the creed under the vigilant tutelage of his mentor, Roshan.
Paying Homage to The Origins
Though Assassin’s Creed Mirage is not a remake of the seminal Assassin’s Creed game, it does not shy away from reverently acknowledging its roots. In a departure from the recent titles, Mirage deftly re-embraces the original spirit of the franchise, establishing itself as an action-adventure game deeply rooted in narrative elements, stealth, parkour, and strategic assassinations.
This resurrection of classic gaming mechanics, which defined the franchise during the late ’00s and early ’10s, will indeed be a welcome treat for the series’ ardent followers, serving up a blend of nostalgia and innovation in equal measures.
Fans eager to embark on this enchanting journey back in time can mark their calendars. Currently under development at Ubisoft Bordeaux, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is slated for an October 12, 2023, release on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
A thrilling odyssey awaits all those ready to step into the shadowy world of assassins, echoing the charm of the original series, while bringing fresh narratives to light.