Gaming | May 17, 2023
Honestly, the news coming out of Ubisoft is becoming increasingly concerning because one of the major developers of recent years seems to be taking on more water with each stroke to try to save themselves. And Assassin’s Creed Mirage has looked like one of the casualties of this situation for some time now.
On March 30th, we published an article titled “Want to bet Assassin’s Creed Mirage won’t be released this year?” in which we outlined some of the reasons why the successor to the legendary Valhalla probably wouldn’t be hitting stores when it was announced a few months ago. At that time, the French company told us that this new installment would land in August.
But it’s very strange that we haven’t seen anything at all just three months before that hypothetical release. And when we say nothing at all, we mean nothing at all. So it seems unlikely that one of the flagship titles hasn’t been affected in some way by the news of cuts, layoffs, and cancellations of projects left and right. Now, there are reports indicating that the initial August release date may be pushed back to October.
It was a Twitter account of a journalist that sounded the alarm, stating that Assassin’s Creed Mirage will likely be delayed a bit more, and that we may have to wait those extra two months until the game arrives. You know what we say? This is the first indication that our prediction is on track.
Without wanting to contradict the journalist who provided the information, Assassin’s Creed Mirage could come out in October, but it’s very likely that it would be in a state that we don’t know if Ubisoft can afford. If it were to arrive in those dates, the legendary launch errors of Assassin’s Creed Unity could be just a tasteless joke compared to this.
In any case, it’s clear that in the state the company is in, they need games in stores that allow them to generate income as soon as possible, but if the French company paid attention to the state of its development, they should think twice and delay it as long as necessary. At least until March 2024, which is still within the current fiscal period of 2023.
So, as you know, in the best-case scenario, expect a release towards the end of the year, maybe in December. But if that’s not the case, and Ubisoft doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes that would further damage their already diminished reputation, it’s best to let the months go by, finish the game as it deserves, and release it during the third month of next year.
Things are not looking good because it’s not just the stream of news that the French company is generating (the recent layoffs in support centers in the US), but also what is being said in professional circles. It’s an open secret that many employees are voluntarily leaving and choosing to seek a path away from Ubisoft studios. That must necessarily be affecting the development of titles that were planned for release in the coming months. The situation is bad but reversible, and it will result in a thorough revision of all release schedules. Otherwise, why has Skull & Bones disappeared from the radar so quickly? It’s as if it has been swallowed by the earth. Don’t you think?
Ubisoft has no choice but to delay Mirage if they don’t want rumors of being up for sale to continue growing amidst an increasing number of cancellations, delays, and bad news that just two years ago no one could have predicted. It’s a shame because it’s one of those companies that, at least for me, always brings joy to a year with their immense games that require hundreds of hours of dedication.
Amidst this community dismay, details have started to emerge from an insider who has shed some light on this Assassin’s Creed Mirage, offering some important details about its story and development. And it must be said that, as the French hinted at the unveiling event a few months ago, this new title will be a kind of homage to the very first Assassin’s Creed game, which arrived in 2007 on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, placing us in the midst of the Holy Land, fighting against the Templars.
According to the information from this insider, the story would take place two decades before the events seen in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, with a protagonist who is just 17 years old, struggling through the crowded streets of Baghdad. In this way, it becomes clear that Ubisoft’s intention with this Mirage is to revive the old sensations of the series, returning to a setting that we haven’t heard much about since the first game, considering that with the second installment, we already made the leap to the Renaissance.
However, this information does not confirm that the game will be released as promised, and as mentioned earlier, we hope to be wrong, but unless there is a last-minute twist, it doesn’t seem like a timely release for this 2023. On June 12th, we will find out more details about this Assassin’s Creed Mirage when the French company provides us with more information.