The next Assassin’s Creed game is rumored to be set in Baghdad, returning Ubisoft’s sneaky action series to the Middle East for the first time since its initial issue in 2007.
That’s according to investigative journalist Jason Schreier, who said the next Assassin’s Creed title – codenamed Rift and thought to be a spin-off game – will be set in the Iraqi capital. Schreier revealed the game’s setting in a Reddit post (opens in new tab)discarding a rumor that it was located in central Mexico during the Aztec Empire.
The rumor coincides with what we already know about the Rift. The game is expected to star Basim, a character first introduced in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla who, according to game lore, was born in the Abbasid Caliphate. The capital of this caliphate was Baghdad. While Rift has yet to be officially revealed by Ubisoft, rumors suggest it will be a smaller, stealth-focused series entry.
Schreier has hinted that Rift will be released before Assassin’s Creed Infinity, an upcoming live-service game that has been recognized but has yet to have an official reveal. Infinity should serve as a central hub for the series
“AC’s next game is Rift, which is set in Baghdad,” Schreier said in the Reddit post.
“After that will be AC Infinity, and while that includes various games/experiences/biomes/whatever you want to call them, I’ve heard about the main two and neither of them are Aztec.”
a perfect choice
Baghdad is an inspired choice of setting for Assassin’s Creed. Squeezed between Europe and Asia, it served as a center of cultural history and a political focal point of the Middle East for centuries. As the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate, it grew to become the largest city in the world, thriving on academic, scientific and artistic discoveries while fueling the Islamic Golden Age.
This gives Ubisoft a lot of fertile ground to work on when it comes to storytelling. Although Rift is released as a smaller Assassin’s Creed game, it is likely to have the same romanticized historical drama that marked the series. Your writers will be spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting interesting characters and new plots.
While no details have been confirmed yet, we can be sure of some story points. Baghdad was destroyed by a Mongol invasion in the 13th century, and as much as fans of the series would love to see the horse archers of the steppes appear, don’t expect them to. Rift’s protagonist, Basim, lived in the 9th century, a few hundred years earlier.
The game is scheduled to release later this year or 2023. Now we are halfway through 2022 without having seen an official reveal, our money is next year.