Assassin's Creed: Mirage comes out Thursday. A couple of important things that we know:
Setting/Background: The game primarily takes place in 9th century Baghdad, and the protagonist is Basim Ibn Ishaq, who was a character introduced in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. I have no idea if you "need" to (or if it's better to) beat Valhalla first for narrative continuity/comprehension. I'm betting no, but I have no idea.
Availability: According to Wikipedia the game is coming out on these systems: PS4, PS5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S. The PC version is not available on Steam at this time. It is available through Epic Game Store and Ubisoft Connect. The Deluxe Version is ALSO available at launch through Ubisoft+, which (at least in the US) is $14.99.
Preorder bonus: There IS a preorder quest, and I am not sure if the Ubisoft+ version entitles you to the preorder quest. The bonus quest is called "The Forty Thieves." I assume it's a quest about Ali Baba. And some random unspecified number of thieves.
Versions: The game is $49.99 for the non-deluxe version and $59.99 for the deluxe version. The Deluxe Version comes with additional things as pictured below:
Length: People in the thread said it's a return to shorter AC games - 20-30 hours? I hope that is true.
2020 OP, now archived:
Previous thread: https://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/202542/assassins-creed-to-fight-the-horde-sing-and-cry/p1
The latest entry in the AC Franchise is Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.
So, if I have this right:
-Play as male or female
-A raven is your companion animal
-Set in Scandinavia, Norway, Britain, and Alfred the Great is the big bad (which, yeah that's a significant reversal from his typical portrayal)
-Build your own Viking village (super interested in this)
-In-game decisions affect settlement, story, romances (will this fill the void in my gaming that Bioware left when they started sucking?)
-Customize tattoos, beard, war paint, gear, longboats (sort of expected but still awesome and fun)
I'm super pumped here as long as they don't, you know, pull a III or a Unity.
It's coming to current and next gen consoles, and likely PC as well
The AC Franchise is over a decade old and features games in multiple historical settings and eras. The overarching plot ended in AC3, but the games latest iterations focusing more on RPG style character building and choice trees, like an action adventure Mass Effect. So while the original games were about Desmond stepping into his ancestors shoes, these new games are about the player themselves taking on Desmond's role.
Well known for Unity's buggy release, Syndicate marked a shift in Ubisoft's direction for the series. They recognized fans wanted more freedom and control over the experience, starting with choice of player character. Originally Ubisoft was quoted as saying that female Playable Characters would be too expensive and time consuming to implement. Well they've apparently found it in their budget to include them in every game since, something fans are quite happy about. While the games are a far cry from the original trilogy, the modern releases are oft praised, starting with Origins in 2017.
The Assassin's Creed series is a video game series that started in 2007 seven with the appropriately-named Assassin's Creed, the first entry into the Assassin's Creed series. If it were named something else, discussion of it wouldn't belong in this thread, but since it was called Assassin's Creed, I can include it here.
There are an infinite number of games in this series, a number so large that the individual elements of the series are uncountable - a total unable to be comprehended or expressed through mere words. Or if you believe Wikipedia, there are a total of 24 games, about half of which are main series games and half of which are side-story offshoots. I would normally plagiarize here, but for now I will just provide a link to that Wikipedia page. Wikipedia, for those that don't know, is a crowdsourced collection of information in a "pedia" type format. It is an abyss and you can get trapped and lost within its walls, so venture within only sparingly AND DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OTHER LINKS or you may never again emerge: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin's_Creed
The Assassin's Creed series is a game based on the modern day real life conflict between the Assassin's and Templars. Basically, the Assassin's and the Templars are having a bit of a spat and they like to kill each other. This plays out across different settings in the game series, but the main point is the modern day stuff that everyone loves and universally and unanimously agrees is the only real point of the game series. I've 100%ed most of the games myself. There apparently is a whole historical and mythological fiction aspect of the game but I've never noticed - just the modern day stuff.
Here's a quick rundown of the game settings (i.e. where each game takes place) for the main series title.
Assassin's Creed 1 - Masayaf, Jersualem, Acre, and Damascus
Assassin's Creed II - Italy
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - Eataly
Assassin's Creed: Revelations - Constantinople
Assassin's Creed III - America
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - The Carribean
Assassin's Creed Rogue - Seven Year's War locations
Assassin's Creed Unity - Paris, France
Assassin's Creed Syndicate - London, England
Assassin's Creed Origins - Egypt
Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Greece
Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Skyrim
I won't list all the side games but the locations for most of those games should be obvious. For instance, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China obviously takes place in China.
Anyway, Valhalla is buggy right now so buy and play at your own risk. I'm sure it will be amazing once all the bugs and kinks are worked out.
I'll update this soon so it doesn't suck so much.