Assassin’s Creed fans got a bombshell amount of announcements over the weekend. They will definitely have a lot to look forward to.
Assassin’s Creed Franchise Gets Tons of Reveals During the Ubisoft Forward 2022 Showcase
Fans of the beloved assassination series have a lot to be excited about, thanks to Ubisoft’s Forward 2022 showcase which took place online over the weekend. While there were tons of other Ubisoft titles on display, the games that took center stage was its arguably biggest franchise: Assassin’s Creed.
Today we take a closer look at some of the announcements, what they are, and how they fit into the mythos of Assassin’s Creed.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Last Chapter
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be getting a final DLC to close off the Valhalla Saga. This will actually be a free update that will release “in a few months”. The entry is intended to close out the story of Eivor, the game’s protagonist. It seems it’s time to say goodbye and set forth for “distant shores and new adventures” as they struggle with Odin’s memories.
Eivor will be reunited with some characters from his past as well as from history and neatly wrap up the story’s loose ends. This should be quite a fitting send-off to a beloved hero. The update will be free and should be a welcome last romp to explore the Norse-themed game.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Mirage will be the next mainline AC game and a return to the classic Assassin’s Creed formula. Instead of the sprawling open worlds that have been the norm since Assassin’s Creed Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla, Mirage will take place in a singular, majestic city.
Welcome to the Desert
The primary location of the game will be the city of Baghdad during the start of its Golden Ages. The city will be “dense and vibrant” and will react organically to the player’s choices and story status.
They will be able to visit visually distinct districts, which include the industrial Karkh and the Round City.
A Hero’s Journey
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will follow the journey of Basim, a humble thief who roams the streets of Baghdad. He is orphaned at a young age and forced to steal to be able to survive and fend for himself. Basim starts from humble beginnings but eventually becomes a master assassin as he is inducted into the ancient order of Hidden Ones.
Basim will be trained under the tutelage of a particular master, Roshan (voiced by Shohreh Aghdashloo of Mass Effect and The Expanse fame). The trainee will actually be her first apprentice, so it would be interesting to see how she will develop her teaching skills.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will take place about 20 years before Valhalla. While there was no gameplay in the world premiere trailer, it did show us some potential tools that Basim will have access to. These include Mines, the ever-useful Eagle, Hand-to-hand combat, smoke bombs, and more. A supernatural element was also teased at the end of the reveal trailer.
Mirage Collector’s Edition
It will be released sometime in 2023. The game is already available for preorder, prices vary from $50 (Standard), $60 (Deluxe), and $150 (Collector’s Edition). It will arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Amazon Luna.
Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade
Also announced during Ubisoft Forward 2022 was Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade. This title is an AC game that will take place in Ancient China.
There was no gameplay footage shown at the showcase, but there was an in-engine cinematic view of some of the landscapes that the player can get to explore. It looks like the primary location will be a large settlement that’s adjacent to the Great Wall of China.
However, instead of a major release that will become available on consoles and PC, Codename Jade will be purely a mobile game. Hopefully can capture the true essence and feeling of the Assassin’s Creed games despite the major shift in platforms.
Assassin’s Creed Codename Red
Another announced game is Assassin’s Creed Codename Red, the next mainline AC game. This entry into the series will take place in arguably one of the most requested locations for an Assassin’s Creed game: feudal Japan. In line with its setting, Codename Red will give players a “very powerful shinobi fantasy”.
It’s too early at the moment to get a release date, and we only got a short snippet in the announcement. Though it has been confirmed that Ubisoft Quebec will be the primary studio working on the project.
Assassin’s Creed Codename Red will definitely need to step up its game if it wants to be able to stand up against things like Ghost of Tsushima, Sekiro, or even the upcoming Wo Long Fallen Dynasty and Where Winds Meet.
Assassin’s Creed Codename Hexe
The last of the Mainline Assassin’s Creed game announcements was Codename Hexe. Hexe is actually German for “witch”, and the eerie tone of the teaser trailer definitely screams “witchcraft”. The sombre mood and tone are expertly woven into the reveal of the AC logo built up from twigs and hung from trees over an open flame.
Hexe will take place in 16th Century Europe at the height of the Witch Trials. Executions were carried out in droves during this time. Fear and paranoia over witchcraft were rampant all over the continent. It is said that thousands of people were accused and killed because of practicing witchcraft.
Assassin’s Creed Hexe is being helmed by Ubisoft Montreal, whose previous major project was Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This is definitely one of the darker tones that the game franchise has taken. It should be quite a breath of fresh air. Perhaps we can even expect some elements of horror to rear their ugly, but welcome heads.
Assassin’s Creed Infinity
Lastly is Assassin’s Creed Infinity, a codename that has been in rumors and circulation for quite some time now. Infinity won’t be a particular game, per se, but will act as a central hub for new and old fans to get into the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
The platform will try to bring a “cohesive” approach to developing new games. This should theoretically shorten development time on new projects. New ideas and foundations can be pulled from and built upon through Infinity. Collaboration between Ubisoft studios from around the world should become much easier as a result of Infinity.
The Future of the Creed
The two games that have been rumored to be built upon the Infinity framework will be Assassin’s Creed “Red” and “Hexe”. It isn’t clear yet if other Ubisoft franchises might join Infinity, such as Far Cry, or Ghost Recon.
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