Assassin’s Creed Mirage Dev Diary Reveals a Return to Form For the Series

    Going back to the franchise's roots.

    A new developer diary for Assassin’s Creed Mirage has revealed that the game will return to the series’ roots. Mirage was first announced last year as a return to form for the franchise, which would serve as a stark contrast to the more modern franchise entries like Valhalla, Origins, and Odyssey. The new behind-the-scenes footage from Ubisoft elaborates on how the development team intends to bring back the feel of the original games.

    A Tribute To the Original

    A shot of Basim climbing in Assassin's Creed Mirage

    The development team explained how they took a close look at the original Assassin’s Creed and asked themselves, “What exactly defines the assassin experience to us?” They used that question as an anchoring point to reinterpret mechanics from the original game with modern hardware. For one, there is the parkour and traversal mechanics the franchise is known for. Assassin’s Creed Mirage takes place in Baghdad, and the developers made sure that it functioned as an urban playground of sorts. Parkour in this game is contingent on flow, momentum, and ease of use.

    They also talk about how stealth will work in the upcoming release. The whole system is enhanced with new animations and references to old games. These include the bench and rooftop garden assassinations from Assassin’s Creed 2. Enemy AI has been polished and given more power in order to incentivize a more stealthy approach for players. The development team has tried to encourage combat as a last resort only.

    Finally, the dev team talks about how assassinations will work in Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Essentially each target requires preparation and research before the player can go about eliminating them. And with “Black Box Missions”, the player is given the freedom to approach “key assassination missions however [they] see fit.”

    The Future of Assassin’s Creed Mirage

    An official screenshot of Assassin's Creed Mirage that shows the player character in combat.

    Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the next release in the AC franchise. It will release on October 12th, 2023, on the PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X|S/Xbox One, and Epic Games Store. More information will be revealed about the upcoming release on June 12th at the upcoming Ubisoft Showcase. Check out the dev diary below, and stay tuned to Final Weapon for more of our coverage of Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

    Saras Rajpal
    Saras Rajpal
    Saras is a passionate creative writer, with a love for immersive sims, superhero games, and Persona. He is currently writing a thesis about Persona 5 and is pursuing a career as a full-time writer.

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