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Ubisoft clarifies Assassin's Creed Mirage won't have loot box or real gambling after ESRB rating sends fanbase into a frenzy

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Assassin's Creed Mirage was recently announced during the Ubisoft Froward event (Image via Ubisoft)

Ubisoft recently announced Assassin's Creed Mirage as the next title in the series. It came under flak from fans when they realized that the game had been rated "Adults Only" by the US video game ratings board, ESRB, due to the inclusion of "real gambling" in the game.

However, Ubisoft reassured fans with a recent statement given to gaming media outlet Eurogamer that Assasasin's Creed Mirage will not feature any form of lootboxes or gambling.

Ubisoft has clarified to Eurogamer that Assassin's Creed Mirage does not have lootboxes or "real gambling"eurogamer.net/ubisoft-clears… https://t.co/qdZ6zKHG1y

Assassin's Creed Mirage is yet to get a confirmed release date, but fans are already skeptical over the game's monetization due to Ubisoft's history with microtransactions, lootboxes, and pay-to-win mechanics in their flagship games.

Assassin's Creed Mirage is the next Assassin's Creed game.We can't wait to tell you more on September 10 at Ubisoft Forward: 9PM CEST | 12PM PT. #AssassinsCreed https://t.co/92LoEcrrWs

Ubisoft confirms "real gambling" in Assassin's Creed Mirage's ESRB listing was an error

Fans got to know about the game's rating from the US Xbox Store listing for Assassin's Creed Mirage, which warned that the game contains "Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, S*xual Themes, Partial Nudity, and Real Gambling."

The latter particularly stuck out as a sore thumb to most fans who are looking forward to the upcoming title. However, it turns out that the listings were the result of an error since the game is yet to be rated, according to Ubisoft.

Players were hoping Mirage would turn the tides of Ubisoft's monetization practices, but were let down by the game's erroneous rating.

@Nibellion the "real" next to "gambling" makes me kinda afraid, but i will hope that it is just a random minigame, not ubisoft dismissing the damage of predatory microtransactions
@Nibellion As ridiculous as this was, I feel like it does say a lot about Ubisoft that people thought they would put real gambling in one of their games.
@Nibellion ubisofts version of not real gambling is literally just an unregulated slot machine
@Nibellion I’ll believe it when I see it and even then they could just patch it in after I see it.
@Nibellion It has fake gambling because you can't actually win anything
@Nibellion still insane that in 2022, for a solo game, we have to say shit like this
@Nibellion You know it was bad when they have to clarify stuff like this
@Nibellion Sure, because "real gambling" is susceptible to regulation as opposed to the industry's notorious "surprise mechanics". I'm not sure this is as reassuring as they think it sounds, lol.

Since Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft has been slowly but surely introducing microtransactions into the series. These have become really aggressive in the last few titles, with the inclusion of XP boosters and post-launch armor sets locked behind a paywall.

Although Ubisoft was quick to address the issue, it remains to be seen how much of it remains true, come the game's eventual release sometime in 2023.

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More about Ubisoft's upcoming addition to the Assassin's Creed franchise

Assassin's Creed Mirage is touted as the "return to the roots" experience that fans have been asking for since the franchise diverted to the RPG route with Origins.

Although Ubisoft did not show any gameplay for the upcoming title, they have confirmed that RPG mechanics will be scaled back significantly for Mirage, with more focus being given to stealth, assassinations, and parkour.

Baghdad, 9th century. Discover the powerful coming-of-age story of Basim, from street thief to Master Assassin.Assassin's Creed Mirage, coming 2023. Pre-order available now.ubi.li/BOCBO#AssassinsCreed https://t.co/0FXKtQGzA9

The game will also feature call backs to the original title in the series, which was released way back in 2007, since both the games share a common setting. Mirage features Basim Ibn Ishaq as the protagonist of the game, who originally appeared in the last title, AC: Valhalla, and had a prominent role in the game's narrative.

Assassin's Creed Mirage will be available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC in 2023.

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