Assassin’s Creed Shadows release date and everything we know

Assassin’s Creed Shadows (formerly known as Codename Red) has been officially unveiled. With a captivating cinematic trailer, the next installment in the popular action series is generating significant anticipation. Set in a highly-requested location by fans, enthusiasts of the Assassin’s Creed franchise should definitely keep an eye on this game.

While there is still much more to uncover about how Assassin’s Creed Shadows aims to distinguish itself as one of the finest Assassin’s Creed games, minimal information has been disclosed so far. We do have a glimpse of the protagonists and a confirmed launch date later this year.

As more information is expected to emerge, we will closely monitor any updates and provide concrete details on this page. Here’s everything we currently know about Assassin’s Creed Shadows.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows – Cut to the Chase

  • What is it? The next open-world RPG Assassin’s Creed game
  • When does it come out? November 15, 2024
  • What can I play it on? PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S
  • Who’s making it? Ubisoft (specifically Ubisoft Quebec)

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Release Date

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows is set to launch on November 15, 2024. The game will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. There has been no mention of older platforms, indicating that this game will likely be exclusive to current-gen systems.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Trailers

A new Assassin’s Creed Shadows trailer was unveiled on May 15, 2024. It provides a closer look at the dual protagonists, Naoe and Yasuke. The release date is also revealed at the conclusion. Watch the trailer below:

In the initial trailer, we catch a glimpse of the presumed central playable character standing atop a building, unsheathing their hidden blade, before a large cloud of black smoke engulfs the scene. The title “Assassin’s Creed Codename Red” was revealed, but no additional details on a release date or supported platforms were disclosed. You can watch the reveal trailer here:

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Story and Setting

A close up of Yasuke's face, wearing his samurai helmet

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In Assassin’s Creed Shadows, players will embark on the intertwined adventures of Naoe, a skilled shinobi Assassin from Iga Province, and Yasuke, the legendary African samurai. Against the backdrop of the tumultuous late Sengoku period, this duo will uncover their shared destiny as they shape a new era for Japan.

Exploring Japan will mark a first for the franchise, and given the intricately designed environments and locales we’ve seen, there are high expectations for feudal Japan. Ubisoft has declared that Assassin’s Creed Shadows will represent the “future of our open-world RPG games.” Hence, we anticipate extensive exploration and a highly interactive environment to set the stage for the next chapter.

While the narrative is yet to unfold, Japan’s inclusion as a highly awaited setting raises the likelihood of Shadows emerging as one of the top Assassin’s Creed games to date, depending on its execution. Marc-Alexis Cote mentioned that Shadows aims to have a “more dynamic world, a world that evolves around you, and we want everything that you have on yourself to evolve as you walk through this environment.” (Thanks, VGC.)

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Gameplay

Shinobi poses on top of a roof. A castle can be seen as the sun sets in the background

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The in-game action of Assassin’s Creed Shadows is yet to be revealed, so our understanding of the game’s content is primarily based on vague announcements and the brief reveal trailer we’ve seen.

However, with insights from the development team and Ubisoft, we are gradually piecing together information about the game’s content and how it plans to elevate itself from previous entries.

Shadows will introduce players to a “powerful shinobi fantasy” realm. While gameplay footage is awaited, this description suggests a significant focus on stealth missions and infiltration, possibly more pronounced than in previous Assassin’s Creed titles.

From the two trailers released, we observe that the first playable character maintains the tradition of wielding a hidden blade, hinting at the combat style to be expected. Additionally, the Shinobi is equipped with a short sword, likely the character’s distinctive weapon.

The second playable character, Yasuke, is a samurai seen employing two-handed weapons and a more direct combat approach in the second trailer. The method of switching between Naoe and Yasuke remains a mystery, but it’s probable that each character will offer a distinct skill tree and set of abilities to unlock.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Development