Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the latest installment in the popular stealth-action franchise by Ubisoft. The game is set to release on October 12, 2023, for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Amazon Luna. The game follows the story of Basim, a cunning street thief who joins the Assassins and seeks answers and justice in ninth-century Baghdad.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a tribute to the original game that started the series 15 years ago. The game features a dense and vibrant city with four unique districts, each with its own secrets and historical figures. The game also brings back the Assassin’s bureaus, where players can get contracts and clues to stealthily take down targets. The game also boasts a more visceral combat system and a larger assortment of tools than ever before.
However, unlike previous games in the series, Assassin’s Creed Mirage will not have any downloadable content (DLC) or in-game purchase options. This means that players will get the full game experience at launch, without having to pay extra for additional content or items. Ubisoft has confirmed this decision in a statement:
“We want to deliver a complete and satisfying experience for Assassin’s Creed Mirage, one that respects the legacy of the franchise and the expectations of our fans. We believe that the game has enough content and replay value to keep players engaged for a long time, without needing to add more. Therefore, we have decided not to offer any DLC or in-game purchase options for Assassin’s Creed Mirage. We hope that players will appreciate this choice and enjoy the game as we intended it.”
This is a surprising move from Ubisoft, considering that DLC and in-game purchases have been a staple of the Assassin’s Creed series for years. Previous games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Odyssey, Origins, and Syndicate all had multiple DLC expansions and microtransactions that offered new storylines, regions, outfits, weapons, mounts, and more. Some fans have criticized these practices as being greedy or exploitative, while others have enjoyed the extra content and customization options.
The decision to not have any DLC or in-game purchases for Assassin’s Creed Mirage could be seen as a way to appease the fans who prefer a more streamlined and focused game experience. It could also be a way to avoid potential controversies or backlash that could arise from adding content or items that are not historically accurate or respectful of the culture and setting of the game. Additionally, it could be a way to save resources and time for Ubisoft, who may be working on other projects or future games.
Whatever the reason behind this decision, it is clear that Ubisoft is taking a different approach with Assassin’s Creed Mirage than with previous games in the series. The game promises to be a modern take on the features and gameplay that have defined the franchise for 15 years, while also offering a powerful coming-of-age story of Basim’s transformation into a master assassin. Whether this will be enough to satisfy the fans and critics remains to be seen.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be available on October 12, 2023. Pre-ordering the game will unlock a bonus quest called The Forty Thieves. There is also a Deluxe Edition that includes a Prince of Persia-inspired pack with an outfit, weapons set, mount skin, and more.