As you already know, we are closely following the development of Assassin’s Creed Mirage. This new title is coming to consoles and PCs and has a lot of hype behind it.
The main reason for the hype? A supposed return to the origins of the franchise. Although it seems to do so in the visual aspect, there are mechanics that many fans of the saga do not agree with.
Many content creators have already had an early taste of the game, and there is one mechanic that has gone viral. It’s called “Focus.”
This mechanic is an evolution of a mechanic already present in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which allowed the character to teleport to kill an enemy. However, this evolution was met with great disapproval from the Assassin’s Creed community.
A mechanic not in line with the game’s aesthetics
Assassin’s Creed Mirage, as we previously discussed, proposes a return to the franchise’s origins. That’s true both in the setting and in the type of missions we will have to carry out. It’s a move by Ubisoft to recover those fans of the saga who abandoned it for the changes (for many, negative changes) with Valhalla.
However, there were still doubts for most players when it was leaked that Mirage would be an expansion of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. As a result, Mirage shares many of Valhalla‘s mobility mechanics, one of the major points of rejection for AC fans. But the straw that broke the camel’s back was the newly implemented mechanic called “Focus” which is basically just teleportation.
As we can see in the official Ubisoft gameplay and in the tests done by the content creators, the “Focus” mechanic is of great importance. In short, it is a teleport ability that allows you to kill enemies that are at a reasonable distance. It’s an evolution of the mechanics we saw in Odyssey but much more futuristic and exaggerated. It’s not at all a return to the origins, as Ubisoft proposed.
This dissatisfaction has been seen by fans on Twitter, where certain content creators have shared clips of this mechanic. One of the messages that caught our attention was: “Next time, Ubisoft should include a one-button mechanic that lets you complete missions in a second. What a nice return to the origins”.
Honestly, it seems like a bad move on Ubisoft’s part. Many elements in Mirage really feel like a return to the saga’s origins. However, this kind of mechanic is what made many players (and this writer) leave Assassin’s Creed when playing Valhalla.
Let’s hope it’s not one of those obligatory mechanics that condition the experience because with what Apple announced yesterday, it would be amazing to try the new game on the iPhone!