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The Assassin's Creed showcase kicked off with a beautiful trip down memory lane. Immediately, fans were treated to a nostalgia filled recreation showing all of the Assassins in gold, immortalised as statues. This poignant coming together of the brand is exciting to see, as it technically breaks timelines, but shows that the Creed connects people throughout history.
As suggested by our good friend Dave Woodward, this gold introduction should feature before all upcoming Assassin's Creed projects, just as Marvel have a special introduction before their projects.
The Leap into History trailer also brings all the characters together, honing in on the idea that history is our playground, and through Assassin's Creed, we can journey to all corners of the earth. It was nice to see the return of Roger Craig Smith, who voiced an Ezio line for the trailer.
I really enjoyed the introductions as they celebrate the past and future of the brand, but most importantly, the community. The panel was hosted by Danny Wallace and Alice Terrett from the Assassin's Creed team, who successfully generated excitement about the future of the franchise.
Assassin's Creed Mirage
Welcome to our Ubisoft Forward Assassin's Creed Showcase news recap, breaking down all of the key moments from the event.
This article was assembled using The Ones Who Came Before social media coverage and notes from the early access press event which we attended earlier in the week, and will be continuously updated as more information becomes available.
Experience the story of Basim, a cunning street thief seeking answers and justice as he navigates the bustling streets of ninth–century Baghdad. Discover a narrative-driven action-adventure experience that follows the transformation of a defiant young man into a refined Master Assassin with a conflicted destiny. Meet an inspiring cast of characters who will shape Basim’s destiny and may be more than what they seem…
Become the most versatile Assassin in franchise history. Parkour seamlessly through the city and leverage the largest assortment of tools to date. Get contracts at the Assassin’s bureaus, collect vital clues, and stealthily take down targets with more visceral assassinations than ever before.
Ubisoft Forward gave us a healthy dose of the next title in the series, Assassin's Creed Mirage, releasing 2023!
A shorter, more narrative-driven game than recent entries in the series
We begin with a CGI trailer, chock-full of Assassin's Creed callbacks and easter eggs! Overall it is a very memorable and iconic Assassin's Creed trailer, exploring Basim's journey from a common street thief to a Master Assassin. He begins as a poor orphan wandering the streets, looking for something to eat. Things look bleak after he is caught stealing from a bustling marketplace, running away from the guards. After a failed attempt at parkour, he falls to the ground, surrounded by guards. He is then saved by the Hidden Ones, who go on to train him up.
Basim's Mentor, Roshan is voiced by Emmy award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo. She has an unmistakable voice, and fans were immediately excited to hear of her involvement. Roshan is a 50 year old Persian warrior who fights for justice for The Hidden Ones, so Shohreh was immediately interested when Ubisoft approached her about the role as it resonated with her own background. She is loyal and honest, hiding her past behind a shroud of mystery. In keyart released for the character (below), we can see that Roshan wears white robes featuring a lot of red and brown, with an Assassin insignia taking priority on her belt. She holds a huge sword and dagger, and has a hidden blade on her left wrist.
After escaping a life of oppression, Roshan became a master assassin at the Hidden Ones’ stronghold, Alamut. Now, she takes Basim under her wing as her first true apprentice.
Basim is now voiced by Lee Majdoub, (Agent Stone from the Sonic the Hedgehog movie franchise), as the game is set 20 years prior to Assassin's Creed Valhalla in Baghdad, beginning in 861 BCE. One thing that stands our in the trailer is Basim's progression, as his robes change as he progresses through the ranks.
Originally born in Samarra, Basim lost his mother at a young age and grew up on his own in the streets of Baghdad. Basim admires the Hidden Ones, and dreams of joining them.
One standout moment was the inclusion of Alamut castle, which later become the home of the real-life Assassin brotherhood, led by Hassan-i Sabbāh. In AC lore, it becomes a Levantine Assassin fortress that sits above a First Civilization Temple, housing the memory seals that Altair uses in Assassin's Creed Revelations. Another great moment is where Basim is initiated into the Hidden Ones, sacrificing his finger as is tradition.
Basim returns to the mark where his journey began, this time in the traditional white robes of the Hidden Ones. Once again, he flees the scene, this time after assassinating several targets. His parkour abilities have now improved, and he uses red smoke bombs along with what looks like a poison trap, triggering once stood on.
Notice that Basim now wears a vambrace very similar to the one worn by Altair in Assassin's Creed I.
The trailer ends with Basim assassinating a target, who drops a mask very familiar to fans of the series. It is a mask of the the Order of Ancients, calling back to Assassin's Creed Origins. The new eagle companion spends the trailer circling Basim, showing the deep connection once again between a bird and Assassin. At the end of the trailer, we see Basim entering the memory corridor with his target, but a creature lurks in the shadows. It has been speculated that the creature could in fact be a djin, a demon from pre-Islamic Arabian religions. It could even be the bitter memories of Loki emerging from his subconscious. From the early access press event, we learned that Basim suffers traumatic nightmares throughout the game connected to Loki trying to take control of his mind. There really is a lot to be excited about from this trailer, and for some, it will be a blessing, as the game seems to take the series back to its roots.
After the trailer we return to the panel, who are joined by Narrative Director Sarah Beaulieu from Ubisoft Bordeaux. She confirms that Mirage will take Assassin's Creed back to the action-adventure game genre that focusses on narrative. Three key focusses for this game are stealth, parkour and assassinations, something which is extremely reassuring for fans. She reveals that Baghdad is a beautiful, dense city full of interesting people, including historical figures such as political leaders
Uncover the secrets of four unique districts, from the industrial Karkh to the lush gardens of the Round City. Discover surprising world events and interact with historical figures that shaped the Golden Age of Baghdad.
x3 editions of Assassin's Creed Mirage are now available for pre-order: (Photos below)
Built as an homage to the first Assassin's Creed games, Mirage pays tribute to the series' roots, as players join the proto-Assassin order known as the Hidden Ones and grow to become a master assassin. Baghdad in the ninth century was a bustling metropolis, and it serves as the perfect dense, urban hunting ground as Basim stalks his prey using the series' largest assortment of tools to date. While they haven't quite adopted the name "Assassins" at this point in history, make no mistake: The Hidden Ones are a powerful and established order, with resources and the all-important creed to guide them. As Basim explores Baghdad, he'll be able to get contracts and upgrades from a network of Hidden One bureaus throughout the city, collect clues on his targets, and take them down with swift assassinations.
Assassin's Creed Documentary:
Beyond the Creed
We were thrilled to see the release of a beautiful yet short documentary that covers the Assassin's Creed community and its members! As the documentary explores, the Creed unifies us globally, and explores some of the highlights of the last 15 years, and how fans can connect with the series.
It was nice to see recognisable community members like Claudio, Marco and JorRaptor participating in interviews, along with veteran Assassin's Creed developers Jean Guesdon and Darby McDevitt. We also noticed a brief cameo from Assassin's Creed United Kingdom admin Dave Woodward. If you use your eagle vision just before the seven minute mark, you might be able to spot him briefly. Congrats to all the community members who featured!
You can watch Beyond the Creed now on Youtube!
Assassin's Creed Valhalla: The Last Chapter
The showcases moves on to the future of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, with the final expansion coming later in the year. Gareth Glover, Game Director for Post-Launch content on the game introduces Assassin's Creed Valhalla: The Last Chapter, which will conclude Eivor's journey and tie up loose ends. In the trailer (below) Eivor feels close to Odin once more, but realises that the time has come to say goodbye, and set forth for distant shores.
It's clear that this expansion is made possible by Basim using an Animus to explore Eivor's memories, as the unmistakable voice of Carlo Rota returns as the now-Modern Day Assassin.
''Where will this new conflict take you I wonder'' Basim ponders thoughtfully. He is fascinated by the connection between Eivor and Odin, as it differs greatly from his own connection to Loki. The teaser also shows Eivor's memories desynchronising, suggesting that her story is coming to an end.
Although no release date is given for The Last Chapter, it is likely to launch at the end of 2022.