Update from 01.10.2023: We have added new / current info to the article shortly before release.
We summarize the most important information about release, gameplay, playtime and story for you in advance, because Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be a somewhat different part of the series. One that should appeal especially to fans of the earlier games.
Table of Contents
- 1 Assassin’s Creed Mirage: Everything you need to know at a glance
- 2 Release: When will Assassin’s Creed Mirage be released?
- 3 Platforms: What will Assassin’s Creed Mirage be released for?
- 4 What editions of Assassin’s Creed Mirage are available?
- 5 Play time: How long is AC Mirage?
- 6 Story: What is Assassin’s Creed Mirage about?
- 7 Gameplay: What’s different in Assassin’s Creed Mirage?
- 8 How big will the game world be?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage: Everything you need to know at a glance
Of course, we can by no means answer every question down to the smallest detail at this point. Nevertheless, we do our best to cover the following topics as well as possible:
- Release: When will Assassin’s Creed Mirage be released and for which platforms?
- Editions: Which ones are there and how expensive are they?
- Play time: How long is AC Mirage?
- Story: What is Mirage about?
- Gameplay: What’s different in the new Assassin’s Creed?
- How big is the game world?
Release: When will Assassin’s Creed Mirage be released?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be released on October 5, 2023. After speculation about a spring release for a long time, Ubisoft put an end to the rumor mill at the PlayStation Showcase in May and only announced October 12. In August they changed the date once again and agreed on the now valid date. Mirage will therefore compete with many other releases for the players’ favor in the fall.
Platforms: What will Assassin’s Creed Mirage be released for?
Those who were hoping for a real next-gen Assassin’s Creed will be a bit disappointed. Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be released for the PC, the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. The Nintendo Switch will not be served.
What editions of Assassin’s Creed Mirage are available?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be released in October in three different editions, which differ from each other as follows:
Standard Edition – Price: 49,99 Euro
Deluxe Edition – Price: 59,99 Euro
Collector’s Edition – Price: 149,99 Euro
Play time: How long is AC Mirage?
Given the last parts of the series, one could assume that Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be really long, but that’s not the case at all. Lead Producer Fabian Salamon made the following statements in an interview with the YouTube channel of Julien Chièze:
- Pure Story: Approximately 20 hours
- Story and side quests: About 25 to 30 hours
So even if you turn over every single inch of virtual Baghdad, you can’t expect a playtime of 100 hours or more. Instead, Mirage will be about as long as the individual games in the Ezio trilogy.
Story: What is Assassin’s Creed Mirage about?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage takes you to the 9th century, more precisely to a period between 860 and 870. There you take on the role of the young Basim, who fans still know from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. But since Eivor’s story takes place later, you’ll still experience an immature Basim here, who is more or less involuntarily taken in by the Hidden Ones at the beginning, the forerunner of the later Order of Assassins.
From then on, Basim is gradually trained to become a master assassin, but such a path is not easy, as we know. Nightmares plague him again and again, while Ubisoft Bordeaux talks about wanting to tell a “tragic coming of age” story. In addition, you’ll meet some famous characters from history during the course of the story, as you’re used to from Assassin’s Creed.
Gameplay: What’s different in Assassin’s Creed Mirage?
Those who have only played the last three Assassin’s Creed will certainly be surprised by Mirage: Instead of an action role-playing game, Basim’s adventure will once again be a rather classic action adventure. At least that is the goal of the developers, who want to deliver a kind of modern reinterpretation of the first part of the series, but without being a remake. The focus of Assassin’s Creed Mirage is therefore on three pillars: stealth, parkour and contract killings.
All three are not new to the series, but Ubisoft shifts the priorities a bit compared to Origins, Odyssey and Valhalla. While you will be able to fight and advance offensively in Mirage as well, as an Assassin your goal is rather to be as unaffiliated as possible. To do this, you can disappear back into the crowd, use your Eagle Enkidu to scout and distract, or when in doubt, go for the hidden blade. In the end, it will be up to you in Mirage, similar to Assassin’s Creed: Unity, how you complete the respective mission goal as efficiently as possible.
In Parkour, on the other hand, it helps Assassin’s Creed Mirage that the game world is once again much more focused on a single big city. In Badgad, you can jump from rooftop to rooftop, scramble along walls, run away from pursuers, and do all the things you know from previous installments with your hands and feet.
How big will the game world be?
There is no exact information about it yet, but Assassin’s Creed Mirage will definitely be smaller than the three previous RPG spin-offs. According to recent information, the Baghdad of the 9th century will rather be oriented towards the game worlds of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Constantinople) and Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Paris). In other words, you’ll have plenty of room to let off steam, but you still can’t expect a huge game world that will take you over half an hour to get from one end to the other.
Besides Mirage, Ubisoft is also working on other Assassin’s Creed games: Among other things a VR spin-off called Nexus and a mobile game called Jade are being developed. Furthermore, Assassin’s Creed Red was announced a while ago, which wants to take you to feudal Japan.