It’s been a while since Ubisoft announced Assassin’s Creed: Mirage and several other projects in the Ubisoft Forward event. Fans are pretty happy with the upcoming Ubisoft project, but that raises another question, has Ubisoft finally redeemed itself?
Ubisoft was founded in 1986 and is commonly known today for developing several well-known franchises, such as Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, and Far Cry.
The franchise that brought the most fame to the company was Assassin’s Creed. The first Assassin’s Creed game was released in 2007. The game was well-received and set the foundation for the rest of the games in the franchise.
After Assassin’s Creed 1, Ubisoft kicked off the Ezio Trilogy. Which, as most gamers claim, is the peak of the franchise.
The sequels that followed were slightly underwhelming than the last one, with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag being the last game that received massive positive feedback from the fans.
The series went downhill after that. Ubisoft failed to re-innovate the mechanics, missions, and overall gameplay that made it famous in the first place. Assassin’s Creed: Rogue and Unity weren’t half as good as their predecessors in terms of story, gameplay, and mechanics.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate tried to fix things up with a light-hearted narrative and the introduction of switchable protagonists. It did succeed at its job and fixed up some of the issues that were present in the older games.
However, after that, Ubisoft tried to turn things around by reinventing everything with the introduction of Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
This new game in the installment focused more on action than stealth, unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed games.
One can’t help but wonder how far the franchise would’ve come if Ubisoft didn’t try to “reinvent” stuff so much so often.
Sequels that followed were more or less the same way. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla both were more focused on action than stealth. These games were intended to be played like RPGs instead of stealth-action games like the earlier installments in the AC franchise.
The thing about these newer games was that fans didn’t want things to change in the first place. Both Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and Valhalla received mixed reviews because while they were good games on their own, they weren’t exactly “assassin-like.”
It’s also true that not all games in a franchise are bound to be outstanding. There can be a few games that are less fun than the others.
But, it appears that Ubisoft has finally listened to its fans and learned from its mistakes after the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Mirage.
AC: Mirage takes you back to the Arab streets, this time set in Baghdad. The game appears to return to its roots with the return of actual assassins.
Assassin’s Creed: Mirage has a lot of unique things to offer that the fans have been desperately waiting for. The franchise returns with full Arabic dubbing.
The game was also rumored to feature real-life-like gambling in the game, which was later denied by the developers. However, Mirage is set to boast the return of throwing knives and several other features from the older games.
The stealth mechanics are also back, along with the hidden blade everyone has been waiting for. After all the hype and trailers, the game does look a lot more promising. At least when compared to the last few additions in the franchise.
According to Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed: Mirage would be a smaller game compared to its predecessors. Which does make sense, assuming it’s more stealth-focused than RPG-style.
There weren’t any announcements from Ubisoft since Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla in 2020. But now, they’ve reclaimed the place in most fans’ hearts with the announcement of AC: Mirage.
Now, what’s left for us is to wait and see how the game turns out to decide for ourselves if Ubisoft has finally redeemed itself or not. Do let us know your expectations about the upcoming AC game in the comments below.
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