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News video games 25 May 2023, 14:09

author: Jacob Blazewicz

AC Mirage's Trailer Raised Fan Hopes for a True 'Assassin' Game

The first gameplay presentation of Assassin's Creed Mirage has sparked lively interest among gamers, but fans of the series have yet to believe Ubisoft about returning to the series' roots.

Presentation of Assassin's Creed Mirage during the PlayStation Showcase was a bit of a surprise. Nevertheless, fans are not complaining, as gamers got a lot of material to analyze from the new Assassin's Creed. At least enough for the Ubisoft Forward broadcast, where we're sure to see even more gameplay.

Assassin's mirage from Valhalla

Mirage is just a spi-off to the Assassin's Creed series, which, by the way, began life as DLC for AC Valhalla. The whole thing was even based on the same engine. Hence, the similarities to the Nordic installment of the series noticed by the players, especially in Basim's animations.

It should be added that for some fans this is not a good thing

  1. Commonly Valhalla is considered a very successful installment, but it also tired many players out with its excessive size.
  2. On top of that, it was another - after Origins and Odyssey - installment of the series, where "Assassin's" in the title did not really match the game's content.

Therefore fans are reluctant to see any elements in common with Valhalla. Especially since Ubisoft has promised a rather different experience from the Viking saga.

AC Mirage raises cautious enthusiasm

Nevertheless, other players point out that animations are not everything, and in truth, their "recycling" from the previous game (incidentally, created on an identical engine) is neither new (not only for the series), nor can it be considered a flaw in itself.

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AC Mirage is expected to return to the roots of the series. Source: Ubisoft.

Indeed, fans have noted that despite borrowing from Valhalla, AC Mirage actually seems to be closer to the old stealthy installments of the series.

  1. The parkour animations may be identical to those in the RPG-focuses installments but there are far more places to show off acrobatics in Baghdad.
  2. Perhaps most importantly, stealthy activities again seem to be if not in the foreground, then at least in the background. Yesterday's trailer clearly focused on this aspect of Mirage, which in itself suggests that it really is important to Ubisoft.

Nevertheless, in the opinions of players there is little euphoria, only cautious enthusiasm, and they are waiting for longer footage from AC Mirage.

  1. Yesterday's video is only two minutes long, and on top of that it was not entirely devoted to gameplay.
  2. As a result only excerpts from combat were presented (including so-called finishers), and some gameplay elements were hardly shown at all (for example, hiding in crowds).

Nonetheless, it looks like the gameplay trailer did its job - it aroused the interest of even the more skeptical fans of Assassin's Creed. Whether it can sustain it after the Ubisoft Forward presentation, we will find out on June 11.

Assassin's Creed Mirage will debut on October 12. The game is heading to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Passionate about video (and other) games for years, he completed an Mba in linguistics, defending a thesis about games. He began his adventure with Gamepressure in 2015, writing in the newsroom, later also covering film and – oh, horror! – technology (also contributor to the gaming encyclopedia). He started with platformers, which he still dearly loves (including metroidvania), but he's also interested in card games (including 'analog'), brawlers, soulslike games and basically every other type of game. Don't ask about the graphics – after a few hours of exposition, he can be delighted with pixelated characters from games that remember the days of the Game Boy age (if not older).


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