Reporting from a gaming YouTuber indicates the next Assassin's Creed game will be titled Assassin's Creed Mirage. The game, which has been in development under the codename Project Rift, has previously been reported to take place in Baghdad.
French YouTuber j0nathan published a video Monday revealing the game's title alongside several other tidbits. Mirage, set for release in spring 2023, will reportedly take place between the years 860 and 870 and focus on the previously established character of Basim. It's said to be a return to basics for the series, removing dialogue choices, gender choice, and the leveling system.
Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier has since confirmed certain elements of the leak, but warned against believing all the information it contains.
"A person familiar tells me parts of this new Assassin's Creed leak are true (such as the name and the other stuff Bloomberg has already reported: spring 23, Baghdad, back to AC basics) and other parts are not ("multiple cities to explore"), Schreier tweeted.
The leak indicated Eagle Vision would return in Mirage, that Basim would be able to use the String Dagger to kill enemies, and that Ubisoft is working on a remake of the original Assassin's Creed using assets from Mirage. That remake would then be integrated into a Season Pass which also includes DLC set in Constantinople.
Schreier didn't directly refute any of these points, but he expressed doubt about an Assassin's Creed remake coming as DLC for Mirage.
"Seems dubious to me," he said. "Rift is DLC-turned-game – I'm skeptical that it's getting its own DLC too."
Indeed, Mirage began development as an expansion for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, where Basim debuted, but was upgraded to a full game — likely to bolster Ubisoft's fairly barren release schedule. Its next Assassin's Creed game, Infinity, will reportedly serve as a live-service hub world to which all future games will be added as expansions. Ubisoft has yet to reveal release date information about the project.