Assassin’s Creed Shadows: Release date, Yasuke & Naoe, trailers, platforms, more

Aakash Regmi
Assassin's Creed Shadows

After a decade-long fan request, the Assassin’s Creed series is finally heading to Japan with Shadows. So, here’s everything we know about the upcoming entry in the storied franchise.

Following its ‘back-to-roots‘ entry in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Ubisoft’s historical stealth series will be returning to its newfound RPG route with Shadows, previously known as Codename Red.

Here’s all we know about the long-anticipated Assassin’s Creed title in Japan has in store.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows release date

Assassin’s Creed Shadows will be released on November 15, 2024, according to the official trailer. The game is also available for preorder, so check our AC: Shadows pre-order guide to know all bonuses and prices.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows platforms

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is a current-gen exclusive title, meaning it’ll only be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Amazon Luna, and Apple’s Mac and iPad devices (latest iOS / M1 chip or later required). The game is not coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Speaking about the new entry and other upcoming titles, Marc-Alexis Côté, Vice President and Executive Producer of the Assassin’s Creed brand said in a blog post, “…from a technological point of view, these are games that will benefit from a tremendous increase in fidelity with all the improvements that we’re working on with this new iteration of the Anvil pipeline.”

Assassin’s Creed Shadows characters, story & setting 

Assassin’s Creed Shadows will take place in Feudal Japan. The game starts in 1579 and follows two protagonists, Yasuke and Naoe. Yasuke is a real historical African samurai, while Naoe is a female shinobi.

Yasuke is a foreigner exploring Japan for the first time, while Naoe is from the province of Igna, known as the birthplace of the Shinobi. The player will experience both of these contrasting perspectives, as Yaskue participates in the destruction of Igna and the shinobi, creating a tense narrative.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows gameplay details

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is an open-world RPG like Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla. Ubisoft have confirmed that saying Shadows “will take all the learnings from Odyssey and Valhalla to epitomize the best of what we can do at Ubisoft in terms of RPGs.”

As we know, there are two protagonists, Yasuke and Naoe, each with different fighting styles, the samurai and the shinobi. You can pick and choose when you wish to play as either of these characters, as the official web page states that players can “approach quests with whichever character you prefer, as each possesses their own respective progression, stats, skills, and gear.”

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Players will be able to use different approaches to complete each quest.

Yasuke features a more gung-ho style, fighting multiple enemies at once with a more noisy and powerful approach thanks to his arsenal of weapons that includes a katana, a kanabo, and even firearms.

Meanwhile, Naoe presents a stealth-like approach more true to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, using the dark as cover and working mostly at night to remain undetected by enemies. She’ll use a new version of the Eagle Vision to detect enemies, as well as a grappling hook to move around or eliminate enemies from a distance.

Naoe can even hide in the water to remain undetected before she uses the revamped hidden blade to finish enemies off. However, if she’s seen, she can also use a katana and other weapons to fight against numerous enemies. Of course, she won’t be able to sustain as many hits as Yasuke, but she has many ways of escaping hairy situations.

The animation and parkour system are also said to have received an overhaul, with the game engine receiving a massive update, but little is known about how far it takes the parkour, whether it is Unity-level or a general improvement over Mirage.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows trailers

On May 14, we received two new trailers for Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the world premiere and character trailer for Yasuke and Naoe.

Take a look at Assassin’s Creed Shadows world premiere trailer:

Take a look at Assassin’s Creed Shadows Naoe and Yasuke characters trailer:

Then, on June 10’s Ubisoft Forward, the studio revealed more than 10 minutes of gameplay with a new extended walkthrough.

That’s everything about Assassin’s Creed Shadows. We’ll update this article once more details are revealed.

Until then, for more Assassin’s Creed content, check out all Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Remake leaks, Assassin’s Creed Mirage ending explained to be ready for what’s coming, or everything about Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR.