New Assassin’s Creed heading to Japan

Assassin’s Creed Shadows will be available globally on November 15. The latest installment of the historical stealth-action series will be playable on a variety of devices, including PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store. Notably, it will also be available for Apple silicon Mac computers at launch, which is rare, as well as on cloud gaming platforms like Amazon Luna and Ubisoft+.

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If the name sounds unfamiliar, the game was previously known as Assassin’s Creed Codename Red and has been in development since at least 2022. Set in feudal Japan, the developer promises “a very different type of Assassin’s Creed game.” With Ubisoft Quebec leading the project, it might resemble the expansive Assassin’s Creed Odyssey more than the streamlined Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

The trailer, primarily composed of cinematics, doesn’t reveal much about gameplay changes but sets a cool atmosphere. Sixteenth-century Japan is an exciting setting, and fans hope Ubisoft delivers on its potential. The game features two playable characters: a samurai and a shinobi assassin. Each character offers a unique playstyle, with the assassin Naoe focusing on stealth and the samurai Yasuke on brute force.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows will be available a bit earlier for Ubisoft+ subscribers, starting on November 12. The game will come in several editions. The standard version costs $70, now the norm for AAA games. The Gold Edition, priced at $110, includes a season pass for DLC, a bonus quest, and early access to the game on November 12, similar to Ubisoft+ subscribers.

The Ultimate Edition, costing $130, includes everything from the Gold Edition, plus a red and black photo filter and additional character skins. The Collector’s Edition, priced at $280, offers a range of physical collectibles, including a SteelBook case, a paper world map, figurines of the main characters, a large art book, two lithographs, and more. Ubisoft promises another trailer in June focusing on gameplay.