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Ubisoft unveils Assassin's Creed Shadows with mixed reactions

Assassin's Creed Shadows will be released on November 15 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S and PC. (Source: Xbox)
Assassin's Creed Shadows will be released on November 15 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S and PC. (Source: Xbox)
Yesterday, Ubisoft released the world premiere trailer for Assassin's Creed Shadows and announced the release date. However, the mood in the community is rather mixed, which has various reasons.

Ubisoft released the official world premiere trailer for the latest game in the Assassin's Creed series yesterday at 5 pm gmt (available for pre-order from Ubisoft here) - and it confirms some of the speculations that have been circulating about the AC spin-off in feudal Japan. The grappling hook from Syndicate really does appear to be returning and there will indeed be two playable main characters.

The trailer shows only CGI and contains no actual gameplay. Nevertheless, fans can get a good impression of the Japanese setting in the almost four-minute video. According to Insider Gaming the first gameplay should be available as early as next month.

Two main characters

Assassin's Creed Shadows has a male and a female main protagonist. Yasuke, who is based on a real historical figure, fights with heavy weapons and can take on several opponents at once. Naoe, whose village was burned down at the beginning of the trailer, moves more in the shadows and attacks from ambush. In addition to the hidden blade, she also has new weapons such as throwing stars at her disposal.

Another trailer provides a more detailed introduction to the two main protagonists:

Mixed feelings in the community

With the release of the reveal trailer, Ubisoft received a lot of praise for the exciting combat scenes and the return to the roots of stealth gameplay. On Reddit however, many fans are annoyed that the trailer is not very innovative and does not show any gameplay.

This is also a reason for some gamers not to pre-order the game yet. One Reddit user commented as follows: "If Metacritic says 80+ then I'll buy it on December 23, 2024 on 50 percent discount". Another Reddit user said: "This could be a trailer for literally every samurai game released in the last 6-7 years", which is of course a reference to Ghost of Tsushima and Rise of the Ronin.

Another point of criticism from many fans is Yasuke's skin color. Comments expressed concerns about potential stereotyping and questioned the authenticity of the historical portrayal. Although Yasuke does not fit into the setting for many, it must be mentioned at this point that he actually existed and does not contradict the authenticity of the Japan setting. Yasuke was an African man who came to Japan in the 16th century and served there as a samurai. He probably originally came from Mozambique or another part of East Africa.



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Marius Müller, 2024-05-16 (Update: 2024-05-16)