This week, we were invited by Ubisoft to their premises to preview the future of the Assassin’s Creed saga with Yves Guillemot, the firm’s CEO, and Marc-Alexis Côté, the producer of the Assassin’s Creed license.
During this presentation, Ubisoft revealed some information to us about Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the famous new installment in the saga. But also around five other projects that will arrive in the coming years on PC, consoles and mobile. We take stock right now.
Ubisoft wanted to remind you that the Assassin’s Creed saga has been one of the top 5 most awarded video game licenses since the first game in 2007. In 15 years, 13 opuses have succeeded, totaling 200 million games sold.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage – 2023
The first installment presented to us is Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the next installment in the saga that will take place in the Middle East during the time of the Persians. We will embody the young thief Basim (preview in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla). The game takes place in the city of Baghdad under the Abbasid Caliphate. This is a rich and prosperous period for the city which was booming economically and artistically. The story will be inspired by Ali Baba and the 40 thieves. Like Brotherhood and Revelation (2010 and 2011), Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a stand alone Valhalla. That is to say that it is a big extension, on the same graphics engine, as the previous game from Ubisoft. On the other hand, we find a very different environment, very far from the universe of the Vikings.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a real homecoming. Just the trailer is enough to make us dive into the nostalgia of the first three Assassin’s Creed games. With his white and red Assassin outfit, Basim reminds us a bit of Ezio. The game will abandon the RPG side to return to the very essence of the Assassin’s Creed saga: the brotherhood of Assassins. The secret blade, the mythical outfit, the infiltration, all these elements will be back in this new title.
The map should be smaller than previous games (Origins, Odyssey, Valhalla) and focus on the city of Baghdad, offering very little countryside, lots of buildings with a smaller, but denser map. It will also be the return of the famous parkour.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is expected for 2023 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and Xbox One.
Assassin’s Creed: Infinity
During the presentation, Ubisoft returned to the famous Assassin’s Creed Infinity project. We learned that the project would be a HUB that would unite all Assassin’s Creed games since the first opus. The objective will also be to integrate the next games of the saga. It is not a launcher (like Steam or Epic Games), but a game, allowing us to go to a HUB, and travel through the license. You will be able to change era, play all the games of the saga.
For the moment, we have no information on the economic model of the game (subscription? game paying per unit?). We also don’t know if these will be the original games or remasters. Finally, no information on the release and the media targeted.
Assassin’s Creed: Red (code name)
Assassin’s Creed Red is the next main game of the license which will therefore succeed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. “Red” is a code name pending the announcement of the official title. The game is not expected before 2024 (at best). We don’t know yet if Ubisoft will keep the “RPG” side by staying in line with the latest opuses (Origins, Odyssey and Valhalla) or if the French publisher is going back to basics (Assassin’s Creed I, II, Brotherhood, Revelation, III… ) as with Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
The only thing we have been told is that the title is very ambitious and will take the direction of feudal Japan. The game will surely be a PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S exclusive. The game will be integrated into Assassin’s Creed Infinity.
Assassin’s Creed: Hexe (code name)
Very little information around Assassin’s Creed Hexe (code name there too). We could only see a logo. We learned that the game would again be an intermediate game (stand alone or spin of) which should emphasize survival. The logo and the first elements make us think of an opus like FarCry Primal which takes place in prehistoric times. Will the game explore the origins of the saga?
No release date and no support planned for the moment. The game will be integrated into Assassin’s Creed Infinity.
Assassin’s Creed: Invictus (code name)
The fifth project that was presented to us this week is the stand alone Assassin’s Creed: Invictus (still a code name, title not definitive). This time, it is indeed an intermediate game, and more precisely a multiplayer game which should bring together the whole universe of the Assassin’s Creed saga.
Unfortunately, no information about the economic model (paying, free-to-play, subscription, etc.) or release date or media.
Assassin’s Creed: Jade (code name)
Finally, the last project we were able to see, with a first teaser, is the mobile game Assassin’s Creed: Jade (code name). Graphically, for a mobile game, it’s very nice. The game should be an open-world, in line with the Assassin’s Creed games that will take place in China.
Unfortunately, no release period.
Ubisoft is therefore celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Assassin’s Creed license as it should be. Since 2007 and the release of the first game on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, 13 titles have succeeded. With this new Ubisoft Forward, six new ambitious projects have been announced.
The first title, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, promises to return to the origins of the saga, the first hours of glory that so captivated players and fans. We hope that the promises will live up to our expectations!