The 18+ Adults Only rating was allegedly a mistake.

This past weekend, Ubisoft held their latest Ubisoft Forward stream. During the stream, the company showed off some new updates and upcoming titles like Just Dance, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Skull and Bones, Riders' Republic, various bits about The Division, Mythic Quest Season 3, various mobile games, and more. We will have a separate post about those titles, and more, going up shortly.

By far, the largest portion of Ubisoft Forward was dedicated to showcasing new Assassin's Creed games. First off was the announcement of the next Assassin's Creed title called Assassin's Creed Mirage. According to Ubisoft, Mirage will bring back Basim Ibn from Assassin's Creed Valhalla. It will transport players to a 9th-century Baghdad. Ubisoft says that Mirage will be a more focused title than the previous titles in the series, where the scope of the games were broad and often full of very open environments. Think of Mirage as more akin to the earlier games in the series in terms of length and focus.

Ubisoft even cast Shohreh Aghdashloo to voice Basim's mentor. You may know her from The Expanse or for previously voicing Lakshmi-2, a ahem previous leader of Future War Cult, in Destiny.

It was all sounding great, up until fans started to notice that the game was listed with an Adults Only (18+) rating. The Adults Only rating appeared on digital storefronts where the game is listed. Even Ubisoft Forward's stream showed the Adults Only rating ahead of Mirage's reveal. It seems the sticking point for that rating came with an ESRB description that said Mirage would include "real gambling."

Today, a spokesperson for Ubisoft told IGN that Assassin's Creed Mirage hasn't even been rated yet. They say that the Adults Only rating, which included the inclusion of intense violence, blood and gore, sexual themes, partial nudity, and real gambling were just a mistake.

"Following the announcement of Assassin's Creed Mirage during Ubisoft Forward, some store pages mistakenly displayed the game for preorders with an Adults Only ESRB rating.

"While Assassin's Creed Mirage is still pending rating, Ubisoft wants to reassure players that no real gambling or lootboxes are present in the game.‚Äč"
This should hopefully come as a relief to many fans to hear this. Still, a worry does linger given Ubisoft's desire to continue their NFT platform, Quartz.

Assassin's Creed Mirage is expected to release in 2023 for PC via Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.

Not content with revealing just one new Assassin's Creed title, Ubisoft announced three additional mainline games coming in the years ahead, an Assassin's Creed documentary, new DLC for Valhalla, a Netflix series, and a nebulous Assassin's Creed hub named Assassin's Creed Infinity.

Ubisoft created an 11-minute long Assassin's Creed documentary in honor of the franchise's 15-year anniversary. The documentary takes us behind the scenes of the long history of the franchise, exploring the evolution of the games, and plenty of developer commentary. The documentary is live now and can be watched at your leisure.

Those of you who own Assassin's Creed Valhalla should be happy to hear that more DLC is coming called "The Last Chapter." This will be the final major piece of DLC for the most recent Assassin's Creed title and it's expected to release later this year.

A new Netflix show based on the Assassin's Creed franchise is being worked on. There was no trailer nor even any art shown off for this. We do know that Netflix and Ubisoft are co-producing this show. Jeb Stuart, the screenwriter for Die Hard will be the showrunner on this.

Ubisoft also announced three new titles that are in various stages of development. One is a new mobile game while the other two are expected to be coming to PC and consoles. These games are set to arrive after Mirage is out in 2023, so it's possible that at least some of these won't be out for several more years.

First is "Codename Jade," a new mobile Assassin's Creed title. This game is set in China in the year 215 BCE. For the first time in the franchise's history, you will actually get to create your own character and have them parkour over and around the Great Wall and surrounding areas.

The second title briefly shown off is "Codename Red." This one right here is the one fans have been requesting for years now. Codename Red will take place in Japan where you will get to experience a "very powerful shinobi fantasy." Ubisoft says that this will be the "next premium flagship title" after Mirage. Ubisoft Quebec, the studio behind Assassin's Creed Odyssey, are leading development on Codename Red.

Future Assassin's Creed titles

Last comes Assassin's Creed "Codename Hexe." Hexe is apparently going to be a rather drastic departure for the Assassin's Creed franchise. All we were shown is a stylized logo which seems to suggest that Hexe will have something to do with witches? My first thought when seeing the logo, seen above, is that it gave off some Blair Witch vibes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this one leans into some horror aspects.

The final reveal from Ubisoft Forward, as it relates to Assassin's Creed, is something that Ubisoft is calling Assassin's Creed Infinity. Nobody is really sure just what Infinity even is. Ubisoft seems to suggest that it will be a hub for future Assassin's Creed titles, but what does that even mean? Is it just yet another launcher? Are you going to have to launch Infinity from Ubisoft Connect and then launch the game you want from Infinity? Will it be something like what Halo: The Master Chief Collection does where it has all your games in one place, including multiplayer? Will it be something more than that? Ubisoft did say that they hope to bring back multiplayer and incorporate it into Infinity in some way (though nothing is set in stone there). Does that mean Infinity will be like PlayStation Home?

It just isn't clear right now what Infinity will be or what it's even needed. According to Ubisoft's roadmap art, Infinity won't even show up until after Mirage anyway.