Assassin's Creed Mirage doesn't have a confirmed release date yet — just a vague '2023' window — but we were expecting it to launch in the first half of next year, given that it was revealed a few months ago. However, according to a new report from the reliable Insider Gaming, Mirage may actually be targeting an August 2023 launch due to internal delays.
The article says that the open world title was originally aiming for a much earlier release date, but it's now been pegged back twice, presumably due to development issues. The publication speculates that stretching development across last-gen consoles (Mirage is a cross-gen title on PS5 and PS4) could be causing problems.
If Mirage really does launch in August, it'll be almost three years since the release of the series' previous instalment, Assassin's Creed Valhalla. That's quite the gap, especially for a property that was once pumping out one game per year.
The report goes on to say that Assassin's Creed Red — the teased titled that's set in Japan — is also facing issues in development. Meanwhile, Assassin's Creed Hexe is apparently doing well for itself, and will possibly enter full production sooner rather than later.
It's perhaps worth mentioning that the aforementioned Assassin's Creed Valhalla also suffered a rocky development cycle. When the game eventually launched in November 2020, it was a bit of a mess — especially on PS4. It took several updates to squash many of its most prevalent bugs and performance issues.
Anyway, we're probably going to see Assassin's Creed Mirage at The Game Awards in some capacity. It's possible that we get a release date during Geoff's big show, but August 2023? That's a bit of a wait, isn't it? We'll have to see how things unfold.
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