September 25, 2022
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Assassin’s Creed 15th Anniversary Showcase News Roundup

AC Showcase Feature

Introduction

As part of the 15th anniversary celebrations for the franchise, Ubisoft dedicated a large portion of their 2022 showcase to Assassin’s Creed news on Saturday. Whilst Ubisoft Forward 2022 provided updates on plenty of other titles such as Mario and Rabbids Spark of Hope and Riders Republic, all eyes were on Assassin’s Creed. After the announcement of Mirage earlier in the week, fans were eager to learn more about what the future had in store for the franchise.

And in terms of updates, it’s safe to say that the showcase did not leave us disappointed. In case you missed it, or haven’t checked social media for a while, here are all the announcements made during the Assassin’s Creed showcase.

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Assassin’s Creed Mirage

After seemingly being forced into a rushed announcement earlier in the week, Ubisoft revealed more details on the next installment into the Assassin’s Creed Mirage. As many speculated from the image released alongside the prior announcement, the game will follow a young Basim’s journey into becoming a hidden one. The game will be set in 9th century Baghdad, approximately 20 years before the events of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

AC Mirage Baghdad
Credit: Ubisoft.

To the delight of many long time fans of the franchise, it was stated that Mirage would also be a throwback to the traditional story driven game play. The title will remove the open world aspects found in the most recent releases and instead offer a more condensed, action-filled experience. A game that is more akin to the original trilogy has been requested for a number of years now, and it seems that wish has finally been granted.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage is set to be released at some point in 2023, with pre-orders for the standard, deluxe, and collector’s edition available now.

Netflix Show & Game

Details on a collaboration with Netflix is not new information to Assassin’s Creed enthusiasts, but even the most die-hard fans have been left in the dark as to what it would entail. But Ubisoft have finally offered updates on the progress of the projects with the popular streaming service.

Back in 2020, they announced that a live-action series would be coming to Netflix. During the showcase, executive producer Marc-Alexis Cote confirmed that the project was still in the early stages of development. Whilst it is not as exciting as a trailer or behind-the-scenes look, this announcement reassures fans that the project is still on the way.

AC Netflix

However, Ubisoft also announced that an Assassin’s Creed mobile game would also be arriving on the platform as part of their venture into the gaming market. Again, details on this project were kept secret for the time being.

It is important to note that this collaboration will not be the first time that Assassin’s Creed has delved into the world of traditional entertainment. In 2016, a film based on the iconic gaming franchise and starring Michael Fassbender released but received rather poor reviews from both fans and critics. Many fans will be hoping that the upcoming series will do a better job and provide a more accurate portrayal of the games.

Assassins Creed: Codename Jade

Perhaps the most divisive reveal during the showcase was the announcement of project Jade. This title is an open world adventure that will be coming to mobile. The game will offer players the chance to return to China as a custom character, which is a first for an Assassin’s Creed game. It was also suggested that the game would provide a similar experience to its console counterparts and will possess all the qualities that players of these games have become familiar with.

There’s no doubt that a fully-blown Assassin’s Creed game that can be taken anywhere is an exciting prospect. But it also seems too good to be true, and there has been plenty of skepticism over the decision to make this type of game for mobile.

Assassin’s Creed: Codename Red

For years, there has been a high demand for an Assassin’s Creed title to visit the era of feudal Japan. Being able to enter the world of Shinobi and Samurai has been a dream that seemed to be a perfect fit for the frnachise. And now it’s finally happening!

Marc-Alexis Cote revealed that Codename Red would be the next big open world title in the series. Unfortunately, all that was shown off for the upcoming game was a teaser trailer and there was no hint as to when we could expect it to release. This means that this project is still a few years away, but the chance to go to Japan is exciting nonetheless.

Assassin’s Creed: Codename Hexe

After the big news of Codename Red, Ubisoft delivered a one-two punch with the reveal of yet another major release. Little was revealed about the Codename Hexe project, with executive producer Cote inviting fans to decipher the clues left in the cryptic teaser trailer.

AC Hexe
Credit: Ubisoft.

Since the announcement, the extremely committed members of the Assassin’s Creed community have broken down the trailer and concluded that Codename Hexe will be set during the German Witch Trials of the 17th century. This appears to be a rather strange setting for the franchise, which would align with the claims of this title being a very different type of game for the franchise.

Again, it appears that this game is still years away from being released. This means that those that believe they have cracked Hexe’s code may have to wait to find out if they were right.

Assassin’s Creed Infinity

Constant rumours of a project named Infinity have been flying around for well over a year now. Most of these rumours suggested the game would be live service and have regular updates that introduce new eras of history to jump into. Recent years has seen lots of popular gaming franchises like Halo and Call of Duty move to the live service model, and it was predicted that Assassin’s Creed would follow suit.

AC Infinity
Credit: Ubisoft.

Towards the end of the showcase, Ubisoft finally put these rumours to bed by revealing the purpose of Infinity. Surprisingly, Infinity is not going to be a live service game as such. Instead, it will act as the hub for which players can access a number of games and experiences within the franchise. It seems as if the hub is designed to reflect the Animus, which are the devices used in the games to travel back to the historical settings.

The explanation offered up some clarity on what Infinity was, but fans will yet again have to wait for more details on how Infinity will work.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Assassin’s Creed showcase revealed a lot of new titles and projects for fans of the series to be excited about. However, each announcement was surrounded with plenty of uncertainty and secrecy. This suggests that these projects may still a long way from completed, but at least we know what the future holds for this iconic series.

If you would like to watch the entire showcase for yourself, you can watch the video provided by the official Ubisoft Youtube channel.

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Aled joined the Geeka Media ship in August 2022. He brings a degree in journalism and experience working for publications in the sports and gaming sectors. Aled is our in-house news and gaming writer, with his finger on the pulse of game devs around the world.