Assassin’s Creed Mirage: Trailer Reveals an Action-Packed Prequel
Finally out of the shadows, Ubisoft has released the first gameplay trailer for Assassin’s Creed Mirage. It’s clear that the upcoming game is taking the series back to its roots. Although the trailer is shy of two minutes, it packs in a multitude of details that are worth mentioning. Here are the five major things you need to know.
If you’re playing Mirage, you’ll take on the role of Basim, a character who played a central part in the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla story. But the events in this game happen two decades before Basim meets Eivor, so, in some sense, it’s a prequel. In Mirage, you’ll work with the original Assassins, the Hidden Ones, under the mentorship of Roshan, voiced by Emmy award-winning actor Shohreh Aghdashloo.
Aside from the modern RPG era of Assassin’s Creed’s framing, Mirage’s gameplay is entirely old-school AC. The game’s setting is ninth-century Baghdad, with an urban city map inspired by the original games, where streets, roofs, and towers create a parkour labyrinth. Interestingly, Basim has even undergone the original Assassin’s ritual of cutting off his finger to make way for his Hidden Blade.
The trailer reveals that we will have a choice in how we approach our missions. This approach harks back to Assassin’s Creed Unity, where the assassination missions could be tackled in various ways. For example, the Confession mission allowed players to bypass a tricky infiltration by stealing the keys to Notre Dame. Once in the cathedral, players could kill their target by waiting for him in a confessional booth. It seems like Mirage will return to those ideas and hopefully build upon them.
Mirage seems to fully embrace Assassin’s Creed’s stealth roots. It’s good to see all the classic kill moves back in action. Aerial assassinations, ledge kills, and using throwing knives for ranged kills are present and correct. We also get to see the new Assassin’s Focus ability in action, allowing players to mark and kill several targets in a row.
Although Mirage is looking like a stealth game, it wouldn’t be Assassin’s Creed without some full-blooded combat. While we don’t see too much swordplay in the trailer, what little we do see is highly promising. Basim rolls over an enemy’s back, knee-slides, and executes a sword spin.
Apart from the stealth and swordplay, Assassin’s Creed is known for free-running and plenty of fast-paced parkour action. Appropriately for this throwback game, Mirage promises to serve up plenty of parkour, with classic moves making their return, including the beam hop, corner swing, and rope lift, as well as the signature eagle dive. Additionally, it looks like we’re getting new additions to the environmental toolkit, such as tall poles that Basim can ride across gaps wider than he could jump.
That was just a taste of the things the new Assassin’s Creed Mirage gameplay trailer had in store. Did you pick up on any other cool nods to the series’ past? Let us know in the comments. For more Assassin’s Creed, check out the Mirage cinematic trailer.