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Assassin’s Creed Shadows takes us to Japan on 15th November

Assassin's Creed Shadows screenshot
Image: Ubisoft

Originally known as Codename Red, earlier this week the next Assassin’s Creed game was revealed to be Assassin’s Creed Shadows. Today, it’s been fully unveiled with a trailer and a release date. Taking us to the world of 16th century Japan, it will launch on 15th November — six months from today.

Players will take on the role of two protagonists in Assassin’s Creed Shadows, a pair whose stories are carefully intertwined. There’s Naoe, a shinobi assassin from the Iga Province, and Yasuke, a legendary samurai. Both will have their own personal stories and their own unique progression paths, skills and stats.

With both having a different playstyle, it’s unclear if players can switch between them at will or if certain story elements throughout the game will dictate a particular character being in play. Perhaps both, giving players a chance to choose to master stealth or all-out combat as they see fit.

As always, Assassin’s Creed Shadows will feature a large open world. An interview with the game’s creative director, Jonathan Dumont, published on IGN suggested it’s roughly the size of the map in Assassin’s Creed Origins — but this time around, Ubisoft wants to emphasis “real life scale” to make the world feel more realistic and authentic. Exactly what that feels like in practice remains to be seen — but it’s safe to say it’s going to be big.

Watch the full trailer for for Assassin’s Creed Shadows below:

Of course, players will also be able to experience a mixture of weather and seasons as they make their way through Shadows, whether that’s by battling the elements or basking in the beauty of Japanese cherry blossom. Built in the Anvil engine and led by Ubisoft Quebec (the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey), we’re very keen to see more of the landscapes of Assassin’s Creed Shadows. Japan always makes an inspiring backdrop, and the promise of “castle towns and bustling ports to peaceful shrines and pastoral landscapes” has us ravenous to see more.

We won’t have to wait too long for a glimpse at least: Ubisoft promises a full gameplay reveal to come in June, no doubt alongside Summer Game Fest content

Assassin’s Creed Shadows will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Players who purchase the Ultimate Edition — or subscribe to Ubisoft+ — will be able to play three days early on 12th November.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.