Assassin’s Creed Mirage is Ubisoft’s next venture to explore the chronicles of a new protagonist. The game is reportedly set in ninth-century Baghdad and features a “cunning thief” named Basim. Basim’s life is turned upside down when he joins the group working behind the curtains, the “hidden ones.” The title is returning to the olden roots of Assassin’s Creed.
In a surprising turn of events, Mirage is rated “Adults Only” on the Xbox Store page by the ESRB because it features real gambling. It is the first time in Assassin’s Creed history to achieve such a high rating. Real gambling here means spending real-life currency to virtually bet inside the game. The in-game purchases are also explicitly mentioned on the Xbox Store page.
This unexpected feature has bumped the rating to a highly-rare “Adults Only” rating that only about 30 titles, including Agony, have achieved within the last few decennia. But there might be a logical reasoning behind the increase in rating. The rating may also indicate that Assassin’s Creed Mirage features the dreaded loot boxes of some sort.
The loot boxes are also considered to be a form of gambling by ESRB now because of the recent changes to the guidelines. This may explain the unusually high rating that Assassin’s Creed Mirage has ended up with. If loot boxes are the reason, we may see more games start adopting the “Adults Only” rating in the future.
The reaction of all the storefronts regarding the Assassin’s Creed Mirage remains to be seen. Not all stores keep on stocking games that are rated 18+. The rating may incite Ubisoft to make changes to whatever form of real gambling the game features. The potential losses are not worth the high gains from the purchases this gambling may accumulate.
The high rating may result in a few stores featuring Assassin’s Creed Mirage. However, the term “Real Gambling” seems vague; it may mean that Ubisoft has implemented a literal way of actual gambling, which is unlikely.
The term could also be a synonym for loot boxes due to the aforementioned reasons. There is a possibility that the “Adults Only” rating is a mistake, and it may be fixed in the future. However, the evidence suggests against it.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage also reportedly contains other particulars like “Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, Partial Nudity,” besides the “Real Gambling.” All these elements would not push a game to have an 18+ rating by the ESRB, so “Real Gambling” seems to be the culprit behind the rare rating of the game.
Many rumors had leaked ahead of time concerning Assassin’s Creed Mirage, including the official description and details about the project. Most of the fables whirring in the community were officially confirmed in the Ubiforward event, including multiple rumored projects.
Ubisoft has much more to offer this time, as the studio officially announced at the event. The alluring team of developers is working on multiple titles, including Project Red, which takes place in Japan, and Project Hexe, which is set in the witch-trial era of 16th century Europe.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the only game with an expected release date yet; other titles may not release for many years to come.
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