The developers of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Mirage promised players a return to the roots of the series, and one factor in that return will be the length of the new game, which will be significantly shorter than the 150+ hours of Origins, Odyssey and Valhalla. This was reported to IGN by Assassin’s Creed executive producer Marc-Alexis Côté.
“It is a smaller Assassin’s Creed project. This was conceived [and] built to celebrate the 15th anniversary. So that’s why we’re using our modern Valhalla engine to build a smaller game that pays tribute to our original game by focusing more on stealth, on close-quarter combat, on parkour, and a denser city that goes back to our roots in the Middle East with Baghdad as the centerpiece,” said Côté.
The duration of Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be 15-20 hours, about the same as the first games in the series. That is why the price tag of Mirage is lower than that of other games – only $50 against $70, which has already become the standard for AAA projects.
Additionally, in the same interview, Mr. Côté said that another recently announced game in the series, Assassin’s Creed Codename Hexe, will not be an RPG. However, the executive producer has yet to reveal its genre.
And now some rumors and scandals, because what is Ubisoft without scandals?
There are rumors that Assassin’s Creed Mirage will have an AO rating, i.e. Adults Only, and it is related to gameplay, i.e. loot boxes. Ubisoft denies everything and says it’s a mistake. The AO note was on the game’s Xbox Store page, it’s gone now.
And the cherry on the cake. Some developers at Ubisoft Quebec allegedly asked not to work on Assassin’s Creed Project Red (the next big game in the series after Mirage) because the game’s creative director Jonathan Dumont was accused of creating a toxic atmosphere, harassment and disrespecting women. It is surprising that such an odious figure was entrusted with such an important project for the company.
Well, where Ubisoft is, there are scandals. Sometimes they work as advertising, sometimes they don’t. Like, for example, disrespect for Ukrainian players.