Ubisoft Responds To Assassin’s Creed 1 Remake Rumors


Ubisoft has responded to the recent rumors surrounding a remake of 2007’s Assassin’s Creed following the announcement of several new AC games – Assassin’s Creed Mirage being one. The recent Ubisoft Forward event revealed much about the future of the franchise, including the aforementioned Mirage, but also Assassin’s Creed: Codename Red and Assassin’s Creed Hexe. Red is set in Feudal Japan and is the next mainline AC game, whereas Hexe is set during the European Witch Trials and will feature horror elements.

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Remakes and remastered editions are no stranger to Ubisoft or the Assassin’s Creed series. Over the years, fans have seen remasters of Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and the entirety of franchise favorite Ezio’s journey across Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations bundled together into 2016’s Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection. As a result, most of the original PS3 and Xbox 360 era Assassin’s Creed titles have received upgrades for PS4, Xbox One, and current-gen consoles, leaving many to wonder why the franchise’s original entry hasn’t been given the same treatment. When Assassin’s Creed Mirage leaks revealed its setting in the Middle East, as well as a more traditional assassin’s outfit similar to the one worn by Altair in Assassin’s Creed, many fans were reminded of the first game in the series.

The September 2022 Ubisoft Forward revealed no information surrounding a potential Assassin’s Creed remake, instead focusing on Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which will focus on Master Assassin Basim Ibn Ishaq, who players know from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The story takes place decades before Basim’s journey to England and the events of Valhalla, of which Assassin’s Creed Mirage was reportedly intended to be DLC before the developers opted to expand Basim’s story into a full game. Art director Jean-Luc Sala addressed the leaks and rumors surrounding an AC remake in an interview with Eurogamer and confirmed that “that’s not what [his team is] doing“, reiterating that the team is “fully dedicated to Mirage and […] is not remaking AC1“.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage Will Revisit AC’s Stealth Roots

Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a welcome title for those fans who hoped the franchise would return to Assassin’s Creed‘s more linear stealth-based roots after the recent massive entries that began with Assassin’s Creed Origins and adopted more RPG mechanics. Mirage is set in Baghdad in the year 861 and will see Basim start as a petty thief before rising through the ranks of the Hidden Ones with the help of his mentor, Roshan, a former Persian slave turned Master Assassin. The gameplay looks to be stealth driven, with the developers comparing the title to Assassin’s Creed: Rogue and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations in terms of scope and its more linear story structure.

Despite the Ubisoft Forward showcase officially unveiling details surrounding Assassin’s Creed Mirage‘s story, as well as several other new Assassin’s Creed games, fans will have to wait a while longer to see any footage of proper gameplay. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is currently set for a 2023 release and is available to pre-order now, which will grant players cosmetic items for Basim, as well as a bonus quest.

Source: Eurogamer

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