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Assassin’s Creed Shadows takes the series to feudal Japan, featuring dual protagonists

Watch the reveal trailer and see what they do in the Shadows…

Published: 16 May 2024

Ubisoft has revealed the next Assassin’s Creed game in the storied, stab-heavy series: Assassin’s Creed Shadows. And as the announcement trailer divulges, at long last the franchise is heading to feudal Japan.

Expect an open world full of cherry blossoms, rolling hills, shinobi and samurai, then. And collectibles. We have it on good authority from our historians that you couldn’t move in medieval Japan for collectibles.

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Development is being led by Ubisoft Quebec, the studio who also took the lead on 2018’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and you’ll get to enjoy two different protagonists.

Naoe, whom the announcement trailer showcases, is a young shinobi trained in the Iga province and she’s out on a revenge mission.

Then there’s Yasuke, a trained samurai battling some demons from his past.

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"With our dual protagonists we have two fantasies: the samurai and the shinobi," says game director Charles Benoit via Eurogamer. "We want the player to experience both and we can't squeeze both into one character because the samurai and shinobi came from different social classes, so we can't mix them together."

There’s a release date already: it’s arriving on November 15th for Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC and Amazon Luna streaming. There are premium editions and pre-order bonuses, of course, which you can read more about on the game’s official site.

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