It may have taken a while, but Ubisoft finally seems to be getting us. Years of hard moaning and whining seem to be paying off. Nice to hear Assassin’s Creed with RPG elements and less and less plausible stories, but the real old-timers just want those Altaïr and Ezio-like games back. You know, when the series was still about stealth instead of chopping with the blunt yet heavily decorated axe.
Well, that moment is here, my dear assassins. Mirage is the cure for our affliction when that affliction involves AC aversion. Despite the fact that literally everything had already been leaked, the last 15 minutes of Ubisoft Forward were worth the other 75 minutes of sitting out. Anno 1800, The Division, Riders Republic, Rainbow Six on mobile… who cares?
Well, the two former interns who screwed everything up. Because it “OMG I’m in the mood for literally anything” the hosts were perhaps a bit too much. But it contrasted nicely with the offerings from French-speaking developers, who were sometimes hard to follow. If you as a developer already have trouble pronouncing the name of your own game, how am I supposed to get excited about it? The answer: a good trailer.
Look, Ubisoft, we should have had this much sooner. Just one hell of a trailer that contains almost everything we want. “Dactie” (aka rooftop action), throwing knives, full streets and that Ezio landing at the 3:02 mark that gave me goosebumps. This is what I’ve been waiting for all these years. Just like the other AC game you came up with.
Because how many times and how long have we had to beg for an Assassin’s Creed in feudal Japan? Any idea about that, Ubisoft? Some got so tired of waiting for your response that they embraced Ghost of Tsushima as “Assassin’s Creed Ubisoft just won’t make it”. But now you’ve decided to join Assassin’s Creed Codename Red, which is unfortunately heading towards RPG again. Well, I guess you can’t have everything
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And then the other elephant in the room called Infinity. For a long time I wondered what Ubi really wants to achieve with this. Is it a game or not? According to Marc-Alexis Cote, we should not look at it that way. Infinity is a hub, a digital Animus, where you as a player choose what you want to immerse yourself in. But it should also become a gateway for online functionality. Does multiplayer fit into that vision? “Maybe,” Cote said.
Is this something society is desperate for? No idea. I don’t think it’s high on the fan base’s list of demands. But hey, I could be wrong. Just because I have a suspicion doesn’t automatically mean I’m right.
Speaking of which (nice segway), in the years 1628-1630 the Germans were good at it too, which ultimately led to the supposed setting of the fourth Assassin’s Creed announcement; Code Name Hex. In just 30 seconds, Hexe was revealed, and Ubisoft hoped to get our gray matter working by showing a logo made up of branches.
Is it hard to decipher what it means? Not really when you remember the recent leaks and know what the German word Hexe means. Okay, witch. In other words, Codename Hexe could simply be a reference to the large-scale witch hunts that were carried out in the 17th century under the reign of the declining Holy Roman Empire. Either way, until Ubisoft reveals it all, this too will remain speculation.
“What about Jade?” you might be asking yourself? Well, a mobile game set in China. Definitely fun for those who use a smartphone for gaming. I mainly monitor the price of my cryptocurrency with it, so I don’t really have time for that. So does the upcoming partnership with Netflix, which could literally go either way. Because as much fun as The Witcher is for anyone who doesn’t stick with the games and read a book every once in a while, Netflix has also shown with Resident Evil that it can really screw up a franchise. And Ubisoft has also shown they can make mistakes with the Assassin’s Creed movie. Anyway, what do you want when you want to cram 10 years of knowledge into an hour and a half…
So yeah, TL;DR version: Mirage just might restore the damaged faith in the franchise, though I also have to take into account that ride down the Assassin’s Creed course stop immediately. Codename Red might be the answer to the second plea, although it would have been nicer if Ubi had come up with it a few years earlier. Hexe… could be interesting if that’s what I think it is. Jade? Meh. Netflix? I hold my heart…