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Assassin’s Creed Shadows Shows Off New Combat and Stealth Gameplay

Assassin’s Creed Shadows, launching on November 15, revealed 13 minutes of brand-new gameplay footage at Ubisoft Forward. In the walkthrough, Yasuke arrives in Fukuchiyama to track a corrupt daimyo. His trail leads him to confront a samurai who is abusing his power, and it’s here that Assassin’s Creed Shadows showcases its new combat, featuring destructible armor, devastating but risky posture attacks, and multiweapon combat. Yasuke crushes his foes with massive swings from his powerful kanabo before dispatching the samurai in a duel of katanas.

When the time comes to assassinate the daimyo inside his castle, players will be able to choose between Naoe and Yasuke; in the walkthrough, we see Naoe take the lead on infiltrating the towering complex. The stealthiest Assassin yet, Naoe has a host of tools at her disposal that allow her to strike silently and move about unseen. She can go prone and crawl through tall grass, peek around corners, or extinguish lights to hide in the shadows. She can swing and climb using her grappling hook, knock out NPCs, assassinate targets from a distance using her kusarigama, and more.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows’ world features dynamic seasons and weather that will affect gameplay. If she infiltrates at night (as she does in the walkthrough), Naoe is harder to detect, doubly so when the rain picks up and muffles her sounds. Because the mission takes place in the spring, she is able to hide in bushes and sneak underwater through a pond – but in the winter, the pond would be frozen, the bushes wouldn’t have the leaves to hide her, and the snow would reveal her footsteps.

For more details, check out our gameplay walkthrough breakdown with Game Director Charles Benoit and Art Director Thierry Dansereau.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is available for preorder now and launches on November 15 on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Amazon Luna, Macs with Apple silicon via the Mac App Store, and Windows PC through the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store. The game will also be coming to iPad at a later date. Players who purchase the Gold Edition, Ultimate Edition, Collector Edition, or have a Ubisoft+ Premium subscription can play the game three days early on November 12. For a limited time, new subscribers get 4 months free with Ubisoft+ Premium – Yearly and play Assassin’s Creed Shadows Ultimate Edition 3 days early. Offer lasts until July 11.

Source: Ubisoft Forward

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