Assassin's Creed Shadows lets you play as both a ninja and a samurai

Assassin's Creed Shadows takes place in 16th century Japan, and features two switchable protagonists: the shinobi/ninja Naoe and the samurai Yasuke.

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Ubisoft has revealed Assassin's Creed Shadows, a new journey into 16th century feudal Japan.

Assassin's Creed Shadows lets you play as both a ninja and a samurai 07

Ubisoft has unwrapped its latest Assassin's Creed game, and it takes place during Oda Nobunaga's unification war during the latter Sengoku period. Gamers will be able to play as two protagonists: a samurai named Yasuke, and a ninja named Naoe. Each are complete with individual backstories and gear types, and players will be able to switch between either characters on-the-fly similar to GTA V.

The characters also have their own unique trade-offs and traits: Yasuke is more bulky and armored, adept in chaotic combat and is more powerful, whereas Naoe is faster, more agile, and even has a grappling hook.

Assassin's Creed Shadows' dual protagonists are ultimately brought together by Nobunaga, whose goal of unifying Japan takes his army - and Yasuke - to the province of Iga for the Second Tenshō Iga War.

Yasuke: A Real-Life Samurai

The decision to include a playable, real-life historical figure of this era in Assassins' Creed Shadows was two-fold: Ubisoft Quebec wanted to include a Samurai, and Yasuke's story was open-ended enough to allow for creativity; there are still plenty of questions and speculation surrounding him. The fascinating facts, though, were undisputable: of African origin, he arrived in Japan enslaved by the Portuguese; he impressed with size, strength, and wits; he served under the Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga.

Naoe: The Blade of the People

Naoe is a 17-year-old from Iga, and the daughter of one of the era's most iconic shinobi, Fujibayashi Nagato, who - despite a promise to keep her safe - is forced to train her to be his equal in battle.

Assassin's Creed Shadows releases on November 15, 2024 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Mac, and PC.

Check below for more information about the game:

Assassin's Creed Shadows Key Facts

Experience an epic historical action-adventure story set in feudal Japan! Become a lethal shinobi Assassin and a powerful legendary samurai as you explore a beautiful open world in a time of chaos. Switch seamlessly between two unlikely allies as you discover their common destiny. Master complementary playstyles, create your shinobi league, customize your hideout, and usher in a new era for Japan.

  • Explore the captivating open world of feudal Japan, from spectacular castle towns and bustling ports to peaceful shrines and war-ravaged landscapes. Adventure through unpredictable weather, changing seasons, and reactive environments.
  • Become Naoe, a shinobi Assassin, and Yasuke, a legendary samurai, as you experience their riveting stories and master their complementary playstyles. As Naoe, use stealth to avoid detection and agility to confound your enemies. As Yasuke, strike your foes with lethal precision and power. Unlock new skills, gear, and progression independently for each character.
  • Make information your weapon as you explore the world, and build your own network of spies to be your eyes and ears across locations to hunt down your next target. Along the way, recruit new allies with unique abilities to help accomplish your missions.
  • Create a fully customizable hideout for your growing shinobi league as you train your crew, craft new gear, interact with key characters, and choose your base's layout, decorations, and accessories.
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