What you need to know
- Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the next game in the long-running Assassin’s Creed franchise.
- Shortly after the game was announced, fans noticed that the game had an Adults Only rating on the Xbox storefront, as well as in one of Ubisoft’s livestreams.
- The game description mentioned “Real Gambling” in addition to the usual disclaimers of violence, harsh language and nudity.
- Ubisoft says this rating and the description of gambling are a mistake that is being fixed.
One of Ubisoft’s many recent Assassin’s Creed announcements was quickly found to have a controversial attachment, something that the French publisher is now addressing.
Fans of Assassin’s Creed noted that the Xbox store page (opens in new tab) for Assassin’s Creed Mirage claimed the game had an Adults Only (AO) rating, with the description of the game claiming it featured “Real Gambling” alongside the standard content you’d find in many M-rated games like violence, profanity, and sexual content. The AO logo was also seen on the livestream for the game.
Now, Ubisoft is claiming this was an error. In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz (opens in new tab), Ubisoft explained that “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 and are being fixed.”
“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,” Ubisoft added.
AO while technically being the highest rating that can be assigned to a game by the ESRB, is rarely used, as Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all refuse to host AO-rated games.