Assassin’s Creed Shadows Sets the Standard

Bjorn Stokke

Assassin's Creed Shadows

Assassin’s Creed Codename Red has finally become Assassin’s Creed Shadows. Ubisoft unveiled its latest project at 18:00 today GMT. The whole world was watching, and it seems that the new expansion in the Assassin’s Creed universe is being well received.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Launches Right Before Christmas

The release date for the new Assassin’s Creed Shadows is set for November 15. It seems that Ubisoft might have overlooked something when setting the release date, as we got the impression that it wasn’t supposed to come out this early. A fortunate mistake for AC series fans.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is set in ancient Japan, in a world where the samurai are at the top. Ubisoft describes the game as an open-world game. This is a popular formula that most follow these days, as it likely generates the most revenue. Larger games with vast open worlds often mean that players spend more time in them, which can be monetized through microtransactions.

In Assassin’s Creed Shadows, we follow the female Shinobi protagonist, Naoe, and the male samurai, Yasuke. The story is set around the year 1579 when Yasuke arrives in Japan and presents himself as the first black samurai. At the same time, we follow Naoe, quite the opposite of the samurai, a Shinobi warrior far down the social hierarchy. The characters are based on historical accounts, giving Ubisoft a golden opportunity to explore an exciting part of our world’s history.

Ubisoft also explains that they wanted to split Assassin’s Creed Shadows into two parts to avoid giving everything in one package. It was more important for them that you experience their rendition of history, which was more accurate according to the history books. You get to explore a brutal samurai warrior who is more hands-on in his fighting style, and a Shinobi warrior who relies more on moving in the shadows and remaining unseen.

It will be interesting to see how Ubisoft handles this twist on Assassin’s Creed, whether the focus is rightly placed on the gameplay mechanics or if you can just plow through without much thought on actually being an assassin. Regardless, it looks exciting, but first, we will enjoy the summer sun now that it has finally arrived.

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