If you follow the Assassin’s Creed series, you know that fans have been clamoring for it to return to the formula that made games like Assassin’s Creed II so good. It appears Ubisoft is finally listening, and the stealth-focused Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the result, but will it be landing on Xbox Game Pass?
Set in 9th-century Baghdad, Mirage follows a familiar face – Basim Ibn Ishaq from Valhalla – during the Samarra anarchy. Whereas titles like Origins and Odyssey leaned closer into open-world RPG territory, Mirage is retaining the linearity of earlier entries and reducing role-playing elements.
This is all exciting for series fans, but Ubisoft could sweeten the pot a bit more with a Game Pass release. Could Mirage make its way onto Xbox’s subscription service? Or is this Assassin’s Creed title going to follow the series’ history and see a straightforward release?
Assassin’s Creed Mirage on Game Pass
Though Origins and Odyssey didn’t land on Game Pass on launch day, amthey did eventually make their way to the library. It’s possible Mirage may follow suit, but it’s definitely not a day-one release. In fact, it may never find its way onto Game Pass, considering the most recent title, Valhalla, which is about three years old, has yet to sneak its way on. Mirage will be a day-one title for all Ubisoft+ subscribers, though.
Mirage not coming to Game Pass is certainly not wonderful news for Xbox players, but the game is enjoying a fairly wide release on all modern and last-generation consoles, save for the Switch. It’s even coming to Amazon Luna, Amazon’s cloud gaming platform that launched in March 2022.
About Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Mirage is pulling inspiration from Unity and Syndicate with its assassination missions, which will have players exploring the streets and rooftops of Baghdad’s districts to find and take down targets. This is made slightly easier with a smaller world, as Mirage has reduced the map size to be more manageable and traversable.
Basim’s initiation into the Brotherhood comes with a bunch of nifty gadgets, from the iconic Hidden Blade to throwing knives and poison darts. Your signature weapons and tools will feature a skill tree full of upgrades and unlockable status effects. It’s not all a return to form, though, as Mirage will introduce “Assassin Focus.” When active, time slows down, giving Basim the chance to slay anyone that hasn’t spotted him. Think of it as Assassin Bullet Time.
Assassin’s Creed: Mirage is slated to release on October 12, 2023, and Basim’s “coming-of-age-story” will launch on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, and Luna.
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