Assassin's Creed gears up for hot new titles in the franchise

Paris, France - The open-world video game series Assassin's Creed is set to release its next major title in 2023, and it will be mainly set in 9th century Baghdad, the makers have revealed. They also teased more new projects.

Assassin's Creed Mirage will be released in 2023 as Ubisoft's new title in the franchise.
Assassin's Creed Mirage will be released in 2023 as Ubisoft's new title in the franchise.  © Ubisoft

Gamers get ready!

Assassin's Creed Mirage will be a prequel to Valhalla, also revolving around the character and assassin Basim Ibn Ishaq, Ubisoft confirmed.

The new release will also return the franchise to its roots, with a stronger focus on assassinations, stealth, and parkour, the makers said.

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After adventures with Viking raiders in England and warriors in ancient Greece, designers have now shifted their focus to Baghdad during the Islamic Golden Age.

A first-glimpse trailer, which had clocked up 2 million views and counting on YouTube, showed the assassin in sword fights on Baghdad markets and aided by his trusty eagle up above.

"In the ninth century CE, Baghdad is at its height, leading the world in science, art, innovation, and commerce," Ubisoft said. Players will also have access to Alamut, the fortress headquarters of the Hidden Ones, which is still under construction in Mirage.

Assassin's Creed Mirage is set to be released in 2023 for the Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. Depending on the edition, prices start at $49.99.

Assassin's Creed developers also announce more new titles

Another game in the pipeline is Assassin's Creed Codename HEXE, which Ubisoft said is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, with Clint Hocking as creative director.
Another game in the pipeline is Assassin's Creed Codename HEXE, which Ubisoft said is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, with Clint Hocking as creative director.  © Ubisoft

Ubisoft also announced further treats for fans of the franchise, including a mobile-only game called Codename Jade, set in Ancient China.

Meanwhile, the next main game after Mirage - Codename Red - will take players to Japan.

The developers also released a brief teaser for another project in the pipeline, called Codename HEXE - German for "witch". The game is suspected of revolving around Europe's witch trials, but Ubisoft's trailer revealed next to nothing about the planned game.

"We work in the dark ... That's all we can say for now about Assassin's Creed Codename HEXE," they teased on Twitter.

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