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Next Assassin’s Creed games set in Iraq, China and Japan in major series shakeup

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The next Assassin's Creed game has finally been announced—and it looks set to take the series in a wildly different direction.

Coming to PC, Playstation and Xbox in 2023, Assassin's Creed Mirage will be set in Baghdad, Iraq during the city's golden age in 861 AD.

It follows Basim Ibn Ishaq's origin story from street thief to master assassin. Fans of the series will know Basim as the mentor of Eivor, the protagonist of the last instalment in the series, Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

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Its release sees the franchise go back to its action-adventure stealth roots in the Middle East, where the first Assassin's Creed game was set. The game will reportedly ditch the open-world RPG elements which have characterised the three most recent Assassin's Creed titles since the release of Assassins Creed Origins.

Ubisoft says the gameplay will be more focused on stealth and assassination as well as story, just like the early titles which closely followed the story of characters like Altair and Ezio.

Ubisoft also made some huge announcements about an additional four Assassin's Creed titles. An open-world game codenamed 'Jade' is currently in the works for smartphones, and will be set in ancient China.

The next major game for consoles, however, will be 'Assassin's Creed Codename Red', which will take the series to feudal Japan.

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Japan has long been a rumoured setting for the series, and following the release of games like Ghost of Tsushima and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, it seems that Ubisoft are finally ready to take the series to the Pacific nation.

Another, more mysterious entry in the series is codenamed 'Hexe', though there are almost no details about it.

Unlike Mirage, both Hexe and Red will be open-world RPGs in the vein of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, suggesting that Ubisoft isn't quite ready to hang up its levelling system just yet.

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