The upcoming entry in the famous stealth action-adventure game series from Ubisoft is called Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

Basim Ibn Ishaq, a member of the proto-assassin organization known as the Hidden Ones that operated before the brotherhood was established, serves as the game’s main character. The character was present throughout the story of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and played a key role in the game’s climax.

Originally, Assassin’s Creed Mirage was meant to be an expansion for Valhalla. However, the game’s size eventually compelled its makers to design a standalone experience.

The game delves into Basim’s history and demonstrates his transformation from a cunning and astute street thief to a renowned Master Assassin. It will also fill in some minor story holes in Valhalla’s portrayal of Basim.

This calls into question whether players should play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla before starting Mirage.

Ubisoft promises that players may enjoy Mirage as a stand-alone experience without having played any of the other games in the series. Before Mirage is ultimately released in 2023, it would be useful to play the game again because of Basim’s connection to the Valhalla plot.

We must play Assassin’s Creed Mirage before the impending third episode of the franchise

It might sound strange for a well-known brand to take a break from its most recent expansion and return to its beginnings, but that is exactly what Ubisoft is doing with Assassin’s Creed Mirage. It’s also the right decision. Since Assassin’s Creed Origins modified the formula of the original series to a large open-world scale with RPG mechanics back in 2017, we’ve had nearly five years of enormous Assassin’s Creed games. And this is despite the fact that the series did not publish in 2019 according to its usual yearly timetable.

Since Assassin’s Creed Origins was followed by the expansive Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 2018 adventure, which was then followed by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and its epic Viking story in 2020. Each of the three large open-world RPGs had at least two important expansions, turning it into an adventure with a potential duration of hundreds of hours. And even I reached the same decision that I had had enough of AC:V after spending more than 180 hours playing with Eivor in Valhalla following Dawn of Ragnarok.

Currently, the Assassin’s Creed franchise is in risk of developing open-world fatigue. This statement is not totally true, as anyone who has been to Valhalla’s Dark Ages England would know. According to Ubisoft, Valhalla will be smaller and shorter than Odyssey. Although each of Ubisoft’s attempts to build an open-world Assassin’s Creed has become larger and denser than the last, this pattern cannot go forever.

It’s still beneficial to go through Assassin’s Creed Valhalla before Mirage launches

Fans of the Aristocrat’s Creed series will find Mirage to be a distinctive yet recognizable experience with gameplay aspects that are considerably different from those in Valhalla. Nevertheless, it is still valuable to go back to Valhalla in order to get ready for the upcoming book because of the intertwined plotlines and character arcs of both Basim and Eivor.

Valhalla also acts as the conclusion of Basim’s story (at least in the historical setting). It makes him a pivotal figure in the series’ past and even in the present-day narrative.

Mirage was first created as an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla add-on, as was previously mentioned. It eventually turned into an all alone encounter.

But considering that it was created as a narrative DLC, the game must contain links to the Valhalla plot. This has been confirmed by Ubisoft Bordeaux since Basim’s introduction to Eivor in Mirage is explained in full along with how he met Sigurd.

For reasons other than the plot, such the post-launch support the game has received since its debut in 2020, players could visit Valhalla again.

With three substantial expansions and ongoing updates from Ubisoft, AC: Valhalla is without a doubt the game in the series with the most consistent support.

A recent and important addition to the game is The Forgotten Saga. With the inclusion, Valhalla has a completely new roguelite game mode with unique boss battles and rewards that is both interesting and addictive.

Players who may have first given up on Valhalla after completing it or because they were playing other games should without a doubt give it another attempt. They will have more than plenty to do until Mirage is out.