Ubisoft Forward showcases a 13-minute extended gameplay walkthrough of Assassin's Creed Shadows

Assassin's Creed Shadows protagonists.
(Image credit: Ubisoft)

What you need to know

  • Assassin's Creed Shadows is an upcoming open-world adventure set in feudal Japan that follows two protagonists: Ninja assassin, Naoe Fujibayashi, and the historic African samurai, Yasuke.
  • A new trailer for Assassin's Creed Shadows was shown off during the Ubisoft Forward for June 2024. 
  • The game is set to launch on Nov. 15, 2024 for Xbox Series X|S, PC, and PlayStation 5. 
  • Buy for Xbox: $69.99 at Best Buy | $69.99 at Ubisoft 
  • Buy for PS5: $69.99 at Best Buy | $69.99 at Ubisoft 
  • Buy for PC: $69.99 at Ubisoft

This has been an exciting week for gaming as various live events have given us more insights into the various games coming out this year and beyond. Today during the Ubisoft Forward for June 2024, we got to see a 13-minute gameplay walkthrough for Assassin's Creed Shadows. The gameplay walkthrough was preceded by a musical performance, and a speech by Charles Benoit, Game Director for Assassin's Creed Shadows.

Benoit described how seasonal elements could affect gameplay opportunities, such as ice preventing characters from going underwater in the winter. The gameplay sequence presented during the showcase was centered on using Yosuke and Naoe's skills together to accomplish their mission.

The gameplay walkthrough was a follow-up to the 2-minute gameplay trailer shown during the 2024 Xbox Showcase. The first look at gameplay opens with a flyover of feudal Japan, narrated by the shinobi, Naoe. We see Naoe test her hidden blade for the first time before moving on to an introduction to Yasuke. Another narrator signifies the importance of Naoe and Yasuke working together, claiming, "You can see when two people fit. When they will be better together." 

Assassin's Creed Shadows is set to launch on November 15, 2024 for Xbox Series X|S, PC, and PlayStation 5. For more information, check out our Assassin's Creed Shadows FAQ

Take on the Knights Templar in feudal Japan

Assassin's Creed Shadows' Naoe is all about stealth. (Image credit: Ubisoft)

It's been a few years since we had a major Assassin's Creed game, which I hope means that we can expect a higher caliber playing experience from Shadows. I've played most of the AC games and as such I hope that Shadows has fewer repetitive filler quests and focuses more on story-driven missions with unique experiences. The repeat nature of quests and the ungodly length was honestly what made Assassin's Creed Valhalla (2020) so exhausting. 

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As you can see from my Assassin's Creed Mirage review (2023), I did enjoy this shorter game since the story didn't stretch on for too long. It also helped that developer Ubisoft Bordeaux made an effort to go back to the series' roots, gameplay-wise. That all said, Mirage really didn't add anything new or interesting to the series. So, I'm really hoping that Shadows gives us a fresh take on the Assassin's Creed formula.

It's worth noting that Ubisoft Quebec is the specific studio working on Assassin's Creed Shadows, and that gives me hope that I'll enjoy this game a fair amount. You'll recognize this developer as having worked on Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and the more child-friendly Immortals Fenyx Rising. I've loved all of these games, especially the snarky dialogue between characters and the fun puzzles often found in these various titles. At any rate, we can see from Jacob and Evie Frye from Syndicate as well as Kassandra and Alexios from Odyssey that Ubisoft Quebec knows how to have interesting dual protagonists.

If you're excited for other titles releasing this year and beyond, check out our list of upcoming PC games and or list of upcoming Xbox games. For additional Assassin's Creed Shadows editions and pricing information, check out our Assassin's Creed Shadows buying guide

Assassin's Creed Shadows Standard Edition

Assassin's Creed Shadows Standard Edition

The Assassins are once more fighting against their ancient rivals, the Templar Order, as they fight for freedom and peace, but this time in Feudal Japan. Take charge of both Naoe and Yasuke and see how their specific combat styles shape the playing experience. 

Buy for Xbox: $69.99 at Best Buy | $69.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PS5:
$69.99 at Best Buy | $69.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PC:
$69.99 at Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Shadows Gold Edition

Assassin's Creed Shadows Gold Edition

In addition to the base game, Gold Edition nets you the Season Pass and three days early access. The Season Pass features a bonus quest accessible on day one and ensures you have access to two more additional quests that will be added later.

Buy for Xbox: $109.99 at Best Buy | $109.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PS5:
$109.99 at Best Buy | $109.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PC:
$109.99 at Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Shadows Ultimate Edition

Assassin's Creed Shadows Ultimate Edition

Those who purchase the Ultimate Edition get the base game, the Season Pass, three days early access, and the Ultimate Pack with special gear, weapons, ornaments, skill points, and a Red Dragon filter for photo mode. 

Buy for Xbox: $129.99 at Xbox | $129.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PS5:
$69.99 at PlayStation Store | $129.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PC:
$129.99 at Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Shadows Collector's Edition

Assassin's Creed Shadows Collector's Edition

First and foremost, the Collector's Edition gives players a fantastic figurine of the two protagonists. But you also get the base game, Season Pass, three days early access, and the Ultimate Pack with its included gear and in-game goodies. 

Buy for Xbox: $279.99 at GameStop 

Buy for PS5: $279.99 at GameStop

Rebecca Spear
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Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's editors and reviewers with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of articles with everything from editorials, reviews, previews, features, previews, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).

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