Assassin’s Creed: Mirage – Protagonist, Story, Length & More Explained

The release date of Assassin’s Creed: Mirage is right around the corner in October, and fans cannot wait to get their hands on it. The game aims to finally take the series back to its roots, with a primary focus on stealth and parkour, which defined the series’ greatest adventures.

Gameplay was officially revealed during the PlayStation Showcase 2023, followed by a gameplay walkthrough at the Ubisoft Forward 2023 event. Apart from the gameplay, there are some details about the game that you should know, so let’s get into them.

Basim Ibn Ishaq is the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed: Mirage. Born in 835 in Samarra, Abbasid Caliphate, the game follows his journey as he becomes a Master Assassin. He previously appeared in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla as a human reincarnation of Isu Loki.

He’ll start off as a cunning street thief and embark on a journey of transformation from a young man to a Master Assassin with a conflicted destiny. He’s also described as the most versatile Assassin in franchise history. Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to dive deeper into the details of Assassin’s Creed: Mirage.

1. How old is Basim in Assassin’s Creed: Mirage?

Assassin's Creed Mirage: Cinematic World Premiere | #UbiForward

Basim is around 17 years old at the beginning of the game. It’s unknown what his exact age is, but he’ll most likely be around 26–35 years of age in the game as the story progresses.

Assassin’s Creed: Mirage takes place around 20 years before the events of Valhalla, so it’s obvious that the game follows the rise of a younger Basim as he tries to navigate his way through the streets of Baghdad and discovers his true nature.

2. Who is the antagonist in Assassin’s Creed: Mirage?
Basim Stealthily Eavesdropping – Assassin’s Creed: Mirage

It has not yet been revealed who the antagonist is in Assassin’s Creed: Mirage, but the Templars will be present as always, and it’s said that Basim will witness the prelude of the Zanj Rebellion.

The Zanj Rebellion was a major historical revolt in which the people of Baghdad rose up against the Turk forces of the Caliphate.

3. Can you play as a woman in Assassin’s Creed: Mirage?

Who is the protagonist of AC: Mirage? All You Need to Know
Kassandra – Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

You cannot play as a woman in Assassin’s Creed: Mirage, unlike some of the previous titles in the series, as gender choice will not be a feature in this game.

The lack of female protagonists in the series isn’t a secret, and Ubisoft has received some backlash for it too, but since the story of Mirage focuses solely on the journey of Basim Ibn Ishaq, there won’t be any female protagonists or gender choices.

4. What is the setting of Assassin’s Creed: Mirage?

Who is the protagonist of AC: Mirage? All You Need to Know
9th Century Baghdad – Assassin’s Creed: Mirage

Assassin’s Creed: Mirage is set in ninth-century Baghdad during the Anarchy at Samarra. Minor parts of the game will also be set at the Alamut fortress, but it won’t be explorable.

The setting is incredibly reminiscent of older Assassin’s Creed titles, especially Assassin’s Creed I. Players who have been fans of the franchise from the beginning will have an enjoyable time exploring the lush, gorgeous, and lively streets of Baghdad.

5. What is the story of Assassin’s Creed: Mirage?

Assassin's Creed Mirage: Story Trailer | Ubisoft Forward

The story of Assassin’s Creed: Mirage follows Basim as he transforms from a cunning street thief to a member of the Assassin Brotherhood and becomes a Master Assassin.

The story will be more linear and closer to the first Assassin’s Creed games. It’s more tightly crafted than the recent Assassin’s Creed games, with an intense and condensed narrative that shows us the evolution of Basim Ibn Ishaq.

6. Is Assassin’s Creed: Mirage a full game?

Assassin's Creed Mirage: Gameplay Walkthrough | Ubisoft Forward

Assassin’s Creed: Mirage is more of a spin-off than a full game, kind of what Spider-Man: Miles Morales was to the original Spider-Man game on the PS4, but it’ll still be packed with content for players to enjoy.

Ubisoft Bordeaux is developing the game, and it won’t feature any of the RPG-like mechanics and progression systems previously seen in Valhalla. Instead, it’ll be more grounded with a greater focus on stealth and parkour, just like the early Assassin’s Creed titles.

7. When is Assassin’s Creed: Mirage releasing?

Assassin's Creed Mirage: Basim - The Master Assassin

Assassin’s Creed: Mirage is confirmed to release on October 12, 2023, for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. It’ll be released on PC via the Ubisoft Store and Epic Games Store.

October is already an insanely packed month for video games, with major AAA titles like Alan Wake II and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and the release of Mirage in the same month proves that there has never been a better time to be a gamer.

8. How much does Assassin’s Creed: Mirage cost?

Who is the protagonist of AC: Mirage? All You Need to Know
Editions – Assassin’s Creed: Mirage

The standard edition of Assassin’s Creed: Mirage costs $49.99, the Deluxe Edition costs $59.99, and the Collector’s Edition of the game costs $149.99.

Here’s what comes with each of the editions:

Standard Edition

  • Base game
  • Pre-Order bonuses (Bonus quest “The Forty Thieves”)

Deluxe Edition

  • Base game
  • Pre-Order bonuses
  • Prince of Persia inspired outfit, eagle & mount skins, weapons, etc.
  • Digital artbook
  • Digital soundtrack

Collector’s Edition

  • Base game
  • Pre-Order bonuses
  • The complete Deluxe pack
  • Master Assassin Basim 32cm figurine
  • Selected game soundtrack
  • Exclusive steelbook (no game disc included)
  • Baghdad map
  • Mini-artbook
  • Basim’s Brooch

10. How long will Assassin’s Creed: Mirage be?

Assassin’s Creed: Mirage will take around 20 hours to complete, according to the developers. This information was revealed through a Reddit AMA. The length of the game will be like older AC titles.

This comes off as a refreshing change after a lot of players complained about the length of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which took around 60 hours to complete, so players need not worry about putting in 100s of hours to fully complete one AC game.

11. Why is Assassin’s Creed: Mirage shorter than previous titles?

Assassin's Creed Mirage: A Return to the Roots

The main reason why Assassin’s Creed: Mirage is shorter than previous titles in the series like Valhalla and Odyssey is because those games were way too big to complete, which a lot of players didn’t like.

Another reason is because Assassin’s Creed: Mirage isn’t a full-fledged AC title; it’s more of a spin-off, which is why it’s shorter than the previous titles in the series. Despite being shorter, the game will still feature lots of content for players to enjoy.

12. What is the next Assassin’s Creed game after Mirage?

Who is the protagonist of AC: Mirage? All You Need to Know
Assassin’s Creed: Codename Red

After Assassin’s Creed: Mirage, Ubisoft is set to deliver another full-fledged flagship Valhalla-esque shinobi epic called Codename Red, which is set in Feudal Japan. It’s being developed by the team behind Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Ubisoft Quebec.

The game is being developed on fully next-gen technology, meaning that it won’t come to current-gen / last-gen consoles like the PS4 or Xbox One, and it’ll most likely release in 2025. Fans of the series have been dying for an Assassin’s Creed game set in Japan, and it’s about time they delivered.

13. Will Assassin’s Creed: Mirage have DLC?

Assassin’s Creed: Mirage has no plans for DLC or extensive post-launch content, according to the creative director of the game, Stephane Boudon. This was revealed during a Reddit AMA with the developer.

This means that Mirage will be a completely standalone game with no post-launch content. Considering the number of Assassin’s Creed projects, they have in development; it seems pretty reasonable that Mirage won’t have any DLC. But who knows? Things could very well change in the future.

14. About Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Assassin’s Creed Mirage is an upcoming game in development from Ubisoft. It is reported to feature Basim, previously seen in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and the gameplay will focus more on stealth than open-world RPG elements. The game was released on October 5th, 2023.

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