Assassin’s Creed is heading to feudal Japan.

Ubisoft's official cinematic trailer for Assassin's Creed Shadows premiered today at 9 a.m. PDT. The video showcases the game's protagonists in action and reveals the release date of November 15, 2024.

Notably, the trailer on Ubisoft's YouTube is purely cinematic and does not show any gameplay. However, the proper first look at the game's feudal Japan setting and unique protagonists are plenty exciting.

Assassin's Creed Shadows protagonists and setting

Both Assassin's Creed Shadows protagonists, Naoe (left) and Yasuke (right) (Image via esports.gg)
Both Assassin's Creed Shadows protagonists, Naoe (left) and Yasuke (right) (Image via esports.gg)

Ubisoft's cinematic trailer launch includes the simultaneous upload of a character introduction video. In it, Game Director Charles Benoit and Associate Narrative Director Brooke Davies provide more information about the game's 16th-century Japan setting and its dual protagonists.

Naoe the shinobi

The first of Assassin's Creed Shadows' dual protagonists is Naoe, a female assassin who specializes in stealth and fights with a hidden blade. Her home is that of the Iga province, a remote mountainous region known as the birthplace of shinobi.

Davies describes her as an intense, passionate and determined woman set on achieving her goals. She also explains that Naoe's values and shinobi skillset are largely taught to her by her father, legendary shinobi and historical figure, Fujibayashi Nagato.

Yasuke the samurai

Yasuke is the second playable protagonist of Assassin's Creed Shadows. He is based on a real-life historical African samurai who arrived in Japan in 1579, which is where the game begins.

AC Shadows' narrative takes inspiration from Yasuke's recorded relationships with significant figures such as Oda Nobunaga, the Portuguese, and the Jesuits, as well as his own journey of discovery across Japan.

Yasuke's large stature and combat-heavy skillset allow him to break armor and directly engage enemies. Davies describes him as thoughtful, level-headed, and respectful of the culture he encounters.

The two protagonists first encounter each other when Oda and his forces, including Yasuke, arrive to destroy the shinobi and Naoe's home of Iga.

Assassin's Creed Shadows release date

The game is set to be released on November 15, 2024. Multiple editions are already available for pre-order via Ubisoft's store.

Early access

Players can access the game three days early by purchasing the Gold or Ultimate Edition or subscribing to Ubisoft+ Premium. Each option will also grant different bonus items, quests, and other extras within the Assassin's Creed Shadows game.

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