Originally unveiled during last year’s Ubisoft Forward, the 13th main game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise will return to the series’ roots. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a tightly knight stealth-action game, set in the city of Baghdad several decades before the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Mirage follows the story of Basim Ibn Ishaq (Lee Majdoub), who rises from a petty street thief into becoming a Hidden One, under the tutelage of mentor Roshan, played by the always recognizable Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Stealth, parkour, and quick melee combat are the main ingredients of Mirage, though Basim still has plenty of tools and weapons at his disposal, including the signature Hidden Blade. Basim can employ a new slow-mo feature called Assassin Focus, letting him chain assassination, or set up a quick escape.

Like several other Assassin’s Creed games, Basim also has a bird companion to help get a bird’s eye view of an area.

Mirage is designed as a shorter, smaller, and more story-focused entry, more like the earlier games and less like the expansive open world RPG epics of the last several entries.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage will launch on October 12 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

In related Assassin’s Creed news, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Ubisoft will also release Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade on iOS and Android mobile devices, a spinoff set in ancient China, and Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR, a tour of playable fan favorite characters built into a VR game.

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