I truly want this game to succeed, and I hope Ubisoft does right by it, as I want future generations to enjoy the Assassin’s Creed series. However, considering the recent trajectory of the franchise, it has not been the best time to be an Assassin’s Creed fan. The past few games have been quite challenging to enjoy. Out of the last five games, four have been disappointing, including Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (An Absolute Disgrace), and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Assassin’s Creed has experienced a noticeable decline, and Ubisoft has a few key ways to make things right with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Mirage.
1) Get Rid of the RPG System
One thing is for sure, Assassin’s Creed needs to distance itself from the RPG system. It has been a major drawback in the past few games, and it does not align with the core essence of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The inclusion of RPG elements has resulted in unnecessarily lengthy gameplay, and many players prioritize quality over quantity. In fact, a significant number of players have expressed more negative feedback than positive regarding the RPG system.
Ubisoft has been reluctant to deviate from the RPG system, but it’s time for a change. Reevaluating the game mechanics and returning to the series’ roots could revitalize the franchise and bring back the elements that made Assassin’s Creed so beloved in the first place.
2) Make The Main Character A Pure Assassin
The major problem I have had with the last few games is that the main characters are not Assassins, but mercenaries, which makes the name make zero sense. This game technically is not an Assassin’s Creed game if the protagonists are not Assassins.
In fact, in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Ubisoft thought it was a brilliant idea to take away the hidden blade from players. All this does is annoy or drive away the hardcore fans and even confuse the casual fans. If the main character is not going to be an Assassin in a way that makes sense within the storyline, it would be better not to call it Assassin’s Creed.
Speaking of the storyline…
3) The Story Should Make Sense
One thing that many video games have not realized is that the story of the campaign really matters. One of the reasons why I give games a 10/10 is if the story is great. The Assassin’s Creed story, excluding Assassin’s Creed: Origins, has not been great since Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. One of the main reasons Assassin’s Creed worked was how great the story was, especially with Altair, Kenway, and Ezio. The story really sold me on the franchise, and it feels like Assassin’s Creed: Mirage needs a good story to put the series back on the right path.
This is Ubisoft’s last chance as I have given way too many chances to their games. Like I said earlier, in the last five games, the only one that I liked was Assassin’s Creed: Origins. If they can’t get Assassin’s Creed: Mirage right, then there is no hope that this series can continue via video games. I just don’t see how the franchise can hold up.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be available on October 12th, 2023 and can be playable on PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S