Rumors of AC Mirage make me wanna ‘Baghdad’ game

I’ve been picking up rumors through the Middle-Eastern grapevine regarding Assassin’s Creed. According to YouTuber j0nathan, Ubisoft is almost ready to step out of the shadows with Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Once known under the name Rift, Mirage reportedly takes us back to the franchise’s core. That means more emphasis on stealth gameplay and less (or rather none) on RPG character progression.

And that, my old-school Assassin friends, might be the best news we’ve gotten for a long time. With the Assassin’s Creed franchise deviating further from its roots with every new installment, Mirage might just be the one game we’ve been hoping for. If we’re to believe j0nathan, Mirage tells the story of a younger Basim – one of Valhalla’s characters – leading a thieve’s life in 860-870 Baghdad. Since Basim plays the main part, Mirage will obviously not offer any form of gender choice (which – nowadays – is ballsy, to say the least). Eagle Vision might also return, reportedly accompanied by the “drone bird” mechanic from later AC games.

But the cherry on top has to be the original Assassin’s Creed throwback. Allegedly, Mirage takes a lot of inspiration from Altaïr’s adventure. That would also explain why Ubisoft is apparently REMAKING ASSASSIN’S CREED 1! OMFG! I have been hoping for this for so long and if this is true, I’m probably going to cry. Even if it requires me to get a season pass for Mirage.

Dear j0nathan, I really hope you’re right about this one. Please, for the love of god, let this be true. I mean, I know I’ve been harsh towards Ubisoft for becoming bland, generic, and fan-abandoning. But please, this could be your ticket back, Ubi. This could mean redemption. There’s still a little bit of love for the franchise in me, ready for rekindling. Don’t corrupt that last shred of hope. Give me a reason to look forward to Spring 2023.

I’ll be waiting for September 10. Make me happy during your Ubisoft Forward presentation. Don’t let Mirage be the illusion it is named after…