In an interview with a Middle Eastern publication Arab Hardware, it was revealed by Ubisoft that the upcoming much-anticipated Assassin’s Creed game Assassin’s Creed Mirage would have complete Arabic dubbing.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage harks back to the series’ roots and will deliver a familiar yet new experience, and hopes are high for this one.
Moreover, further info was revealed. Answering a curious fan, Ubisoft’s Senior Project Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion – Malek T. had the following to say:
For the first time, it will be available with all copies of the game!
— Malek Teffaha (مالك) (@malekawt) September 11, 2022
As the tweet states, for the very first time in Assassin’s Creed series’ history, a game will be shipped with full Arabic dubbing as part of the package, and will not just be a local version for Middle-Eastern countries.
This is an old practice within the video games industry. To better connect with players worldwide and to get games out to the maximum amount of players, a game will often have exclusive dubbing and localization features added to it to accommodate players who have different languages than the one the product uses.
Many gamers also prefer to use other languages and dubbing even though they may understand the default. A good example is for JRPGs or just generally, games made by Japanese developers. Although not all are dubbed to other languages for localization, many are as Japanese games have quite the significance in the West.
Some localizations just add translated text in-game, while others add dubbing as well, such as the Yakuza series of games. In Yakuza’s case, the first game received an English dub, but ever since, all future titles just had English text with original Japanese dubbing.
There are many players, however, who believe that the original dubbing provides the best experience and prefer to use the original audio with English text. Though Yakuza games do not have an English dub, English-speaking players prefer it that way as the original language conveys a sense and adds a sense of realism that can not be conveyed through English.
Nier: Automata on the other hand has players divided on whether to play in the English dub or the original Japanese one, as both are great. Ghost of Tsushima too offered both English and Japanese, even though it was an English production, although opinions towards it were mixed.
Going through the interview, you can discover all sorts of interesting sort of tidbits, such as the Assassin’s Creed series possibly bringing back multiplayer or even an Assassin’s Creed game with a German setting.
Ubisoft is home to quite a lot of influential IPs and Assassin’s Creed is indubitably one of their strongest suits. It has been almost two years since Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was released and since then Ubisoft has been quiet. Valhalla has received expansion DLCs ever since, with the latest arriving in March 2022. Dubbed Dawn of Ragnarok, this would be the last story expansion that the game would receive.
This is by no means a small project and would require a lot of time, and to fill in the gap before its release, it was reported by Bloomberg that to fill in the schedule before its release, Ubisoft was working on another project.
The project was said to be on a smaller scale than Infinity, would focus more on stealth rather than a large open world, and was actually an expansion for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that was turned into a standalone game. It was also rumored that Basim would be the protagonist. Since Basim was in Valhalla, this was no surprise.
After several leaks, Mirage was finally officially announced by Ubisoft at its event Ubisoft Forward. The game takes place about 20 years before Valhalla and we step into the shoes of Basim. Expectations are high for this game as it goes back to the series’ roots, but can it deliver, only time will tell.
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