Assassin’s Creed is finally going to Japan

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Assassin’s Creed is finally going to Japan

Among the reveals at Ubisoft’s Forward showcase earlier today we got our first look at the upcoming mainline Assassin’s Creed game simply codenamed “Red” and set in Feudal Japan. The evocative setting seems like a natural fit for Assassin’s Creed’s never-ending drama of cops ‘n robbers—er, Templars and Assassins.

The game got only the briefest of trailers (opens in new tab) at Ubisoft Forward, setting the mood with a striking sunset over castles and forests, with a ninja armed with a hidden blade and Japanese short sword landing on a tiled roof before cutting to the series logo and “Codename Red” title. Ubisoft veteran Marc-Alexis Côté described Codename Red as the “future of [Ubisoft’s] open world RPGs,” and the game is being developed by Ubisoft Quebec, the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

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It really writes itself, doesn’t it? Cast the shinobi clans of Iga province as some manner of Assassin Order franchisee, while the world famous warrior nobility of the samurai caste get to be Templars. Even though the historical ninja of the Sengoku period emerged long after the time of the Order of Assassins, that former group has really eclipsed the latter in the popular imagination. “Assassin” may be the Kleenex generic term for an infiltration-focused killer, but try to walk five steps without tripping over a movie, anime, videogame, or homebrew tabletop class paying homage to those covert warriors from Japan.

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