Assassin’s Creed Shadows Releasing This November – Set In 16th Century Japan With Dual Protagonists

Ubisoft has unveiled the game previously referred to as Assassin’s Creed Red or Assassin’s Creed Codename Red. The game, now called Assassin’s Creed Shadows, now has a new name and a reveal trailer.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is the long-anticipated AC game set in medieval Japan. The game stars a dual protagonist Naoe, a shinobi Assassin hailing from the Iga province, and the legendary samurai Yasuke.

While Assassin’s Creed usually have real, historical characters, it’s rare to see players taking control of one- Yasuke is famous for being the rare samurai not of Japanese descent, in particular he’s origins is likely from some parts of Africa.

Naoe and Yasuke has separate progression paths and skills, where Naoe is more adept at stealth while Yasuke can deal with head-on combat against large groups. A setup not entirely different from the Frye twins in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

Unlike the previous game in the series, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Shadows will be a next-gen (9th generation) console game. It’s not releasing on PS4 or Xbox One.

The reveal CGI trailer (not representative of gameplay) shows the Naoeo and Yasuke in a dialog, showing their personalities and playstyles. Shout out to the old Assassin’s Creed theme song seeping in at the end, the devs remembered.

Speaking of the devs, Assassin’s Creed Shadows development is led by Ubisoft Quebec, the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to be precise. The development is co-developed with a long list of Ubisoft studios which are:

  • Ubisoft Belgrade
  • Ubisoft Bordeaux
  • Ubisoft Bucharest
  • Ubisoft Chengdu
  • Ubisoft Kyiv
  • Ubisoft Manila
  • Ubisoft Montpellier
  • Ubisoft Montreal
  • Ubisoft Odesa
  • Ubisoft Osaka
  • Ubisoft Pune
  • Ubisoft Shanghai
  • Ubisoft Singapore
  • Ubisoft Sofia
  • Ubisoft Tokyo

Gameplay mechanics-wise, Assassin’s Creed Shadows will have “renewed exploration mechanics”. Players can build a spy network to uncover new areas as well as track down targets. Allies with specific skills can be recruited on missions. Plus, there’s a customisable hideout, with some form of base building, available to beef up the spy network and train the crew.

Between Assassin’s Creed Shadows and Rise Of The Ronin, fans of medieval Japan should be spoilt for choice when it comes to video games. And we didn’t even mention of that good TV show based on medieval Japan which surely give an incidental boost of interest for Ubisoft’s upcoming title.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows will be out on November 15 for the PS5, PC (Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Store), Mac (Mac App Store) and Xbox Series X|S.

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