Assassin’s Creed Shadows is coming November 15 with two playable characters, a shinobi and a real-life samurai

Assassin's Creed Shadows is coming November 15 with two playable characters, a shinobi and a real-life samurai
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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the highly anticipated journey to feudal Japan, has been unveiled through a captivating cinematic trailer and an in-depth introduction to the new characters joining the series. The shinobi Naoe and the samurai Yasuke are both skilled characters in the long-running series, with Yasuke being the first playable character based on a real-life historical figure.

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Players will step into the shoes of Naoe and Yasuke throughout the game, experiencing an interconnected story set during the late Sengoku period. Each character provides a unique narrative perspective and gameplay experience.

“Our dual protagonists embody two distinct fantasies: the samurai and the shinobi,” game director Charles Benoit elaborated. “Our goal is to provide players with an immersive experience, allowing them to fully embrace the unique perspectives of both the samurai and shinobi. However, due to the distinct social classes from which these two warriors originated, it is not feasible to combine both fantasies into a single character.” They lead contrasting lifestyles. It’s not advisable to combine them.

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As indicated by the trailers, the two characters possess distinct playstyles: Yasuke excels in direct combat, while Naoe specializes in stealth tactics. “It establishes this differentiation immediately,” Benoit remarked. “Yasuke possesses remarkable combat skills, demonstrating his ability to effortlessly overpower opponents, dismantle obstacles, and overcome heavily fortified defenses.” When it comes to Naoe, her character and the outfit, the focus is all about mastering the art of stealth and remaining undetected. She’s the sole individual possessing the concealed blade.

That definitely sounds more like an expert Assassin, but fair enough: Sometimes all you really want to do is defeat some opponents with a powerful spiked club.

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(Image credit: Ubisoft)

Today’s announcement also confirmed the release date, which, as expected, had previously been leaked: Assassin’s Creed Shadows will be available on November 15 and can be pre-purchased now on the Ubisoft Store and Epic Games Store. It will also be released on Apple platforms through the Mac App Store.

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