While many gamers have spent the past few days getting very excited about the likes of Starfield and Cyberpunk 2077, both of which featured in Sunday’s Xbox Showcase, Assassin’s Creed fans have had to wait a bit longer to get what they were waiting for.
Finally, during yesterday’s Ubisoft Forward showcase, these hidden-blade hoarders got an in-depth look at the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which is set to take the series to 9th-century Baghdad in October this year.
However, while the majority of the robe-wearing executioners on Reddit seem to have been left satisfied by all of the parkour and target eliminations the reveal had to offer, one aspect of it seems to have left their community divided.
What did you think of Assassin's Creed Mirage’s graphics at the Ubisoft Froward showcase?
The views of one section of veteran slayers on the issue can be found in a recent thread on the subreddit r/assassinscreed which was kicked off by user riverkarma69420, who asked: “How do Mirage’s cutscenes look worse than a game from 2014?”
They went on to argue that while the gameplay sections looked perfectly fine in their opinion, a mixture of “goofy” facial animations and bad lighting had left the exchanges between characters looking less polished than those in older titles in the series, specifically Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
A number of other fans seemed to share their point of view, with user Careless_Bid1602 suggesting: “They need to start investing [more] in [their] mo-cap [technology], the animations look so awful and robotic, they really need to improve that.”
User doc_55lk went as far as to theorise that: “Nothing released [by them] since [Unity] has looked as good as [it did]. I suspect Ubisoft don't wanna push the graphical capabilities of newer consoles, because when they did it with Unity, [that game] became a bug-riddled mess which took a while to fix.”
That said, both this and another thread contained plenty of fans who didn’t seem to have any problems with the cutscenes or graphics shown in the gameplay reveal, with user KeybladeCoaster going as far as to declare: “I wouldn’t care if it had Assassin's Creed 2’s graphics and mechanics. I’d love it, because those are the graphics and mechanics that got me hooked.”
Regardless of how excited you are to run across some Middle Eastern rooftops later this year, make sure to follow us for plenty of guides to Mirage and check out our coverage of some AC-themed mods that might help tide you over until it arrives.