Assassin’s Creed Mirage won’t be a gambling game, according to developer Ubisoft. The French company issued a statement following yesterday’s report that said Assassin’s Creed Mirage is rated AO for Adults Only thanks to "real gambling."
"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," a Ubisoft spokesperson told Eurogamer. "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."
On Saturday, Ubisoft announced Assassin's Creed Mirage with a CG trailer showcasing Basim as the next assassin. Set in Baghdad, Basim is shown joining the brotherhood and training to be an assassin after being rescued from a life of crime.
However, the trailer revealed an ESRB rating of AO – Adults Only, a rating that has only been handed down a handful of times. The ESRB rating listed "real gambling" as the reason for the rating, which describes a game where a "player can gamble, including betting or wagering real cash or currency." This rating was also indicated in the Xbox store listing as well.
Both the trailer and Xbox store listing have since updated the ESRB rating to RP – Rating Pending, but will be "likely Mature 17+" due to the game's "extreme violence." Language regarding gambling has also been removed.
The weekend saw many big reveals for Assassin's Creed Mirage, including the fact it will have full Arabic voice acting and there will be no modern-day segments like in most other Assassin's Creed games. Mirage will focus entirely on Basim, a departure for the series that usually tries to tie everything together with scenes from outside Animus. It also will make the game a little easier for newcomers to dive into without needing to know who Desmond or Layla is, according to project leader Marc-Alexis Côté.
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