The recently concluded Ubisoft Forward 2024 revealed a gameplay walkthrough for the upcoming Assassin's Creed Shadows, which shows off the different gameplay styles of its protagonists Yasuke and Naoe.

During the more than two-hour-long Ubisoft Forward Conference, numerous Ubisoft games, both old, ongoing, and upcoming, were featured. One of the titles they tackled was the much anticipated Assassin's Creed Shadows, whose gameplay was featured in an extended gameplay playthrough.

The gameplay walkthrough, which was around 13 minutes long, featured one of the game's locations: the castle town of Fukuchiyama in Taimba province. The video started with the samurai Yasuke riding into town, taking notice of what was happening in and around it.

After talking to the locals (and petting a dog while he was at it), Yasuke then proceeded to track down his target: a samurai by the name of Fujioka. Yasuke then leaves to track down his target.

What's interesting is that the game did not feature a marker that tracked Fujioka's position. Instead, it gave hints about his whereabouts, such as where he would roam, and what he liked to do. This is a good feature, as it makes the player deduce where to find the target.

Yasuke eventually finds his target and confronts him and his guards in direct combat. Yasuke is the muscle out of the two Assassin's Creed Shadows protagonists, tailored to fight enemies face-to-face. Yasuke wields a Katana for decisive strikes, a Kanabo for raw power, and a rifle called a Teppo for ranged combat.

After defeating Fujioka and his guards, we are introduced to Naoe, the second Assassin's Creed Shadows protagonist. Together, they deduce that they must take down the corrupt Daimyo Hayashi. They use their Spy Network to track down where the target is, was well as what their habits are.

The player was then presented with a choice: to continue the mission as Yasuke, or to switch over to Naoe. The video shows the player selecting Naoe, who mentions that as night was falling, she would be able to sneak in and take out Lord Hayashi with ease.

If Yasuke was designed for direct confrontations, the Naoe is perfect for stealth confrontations. Unlike the heavily armored Yasuke, the light-footed Naoe can use parkour and her grappling hook to quickly scale walls, jump over roofs, and occasionally assassinate a target or two.

The Naoe section of the gameplay walkthrough highlights all of the stealth mechanics that players can do when playing as Naoe. Notable examples include throwing a kunai at hanging lamps to reduce light and distract enemies, crawling through grass, snuffing out lamps, and even crawling underwater to hide from enemies.

Eventually, Naoe is able to track down Lord Hayashi, which she quickly dispatches. This does, however, alert some nearby guards, and Naoe is forced to fight them.

Although Naoe is primarily a stealth character, that does not mean she is powerless in direct combat. Other than her kunai and hidden blades, the gameplay walkthrough also shows her using a katana, a kusarigama (a small sickle tied to a chain with a heavy weight), and the iconic hidden blade.

Naoe quickly dispatches a nearby enemy, before swiftly escaping. By climbing walls, running on roofs, and using her grappling hook, Naoe is able to make her escape to a waiting Yasuke, who uses his Teppo to take out an off-screen guard.

This gameplay walkthrough gives a good idea of what players can expect from Assassin's Creed Shadows. Players can switch between the two protagonists freely once they are united (but not while in combat, infiltration, or specific parts of the story), giving players the freedom to tackle the game however they want.

The gameplay walkthrough also gives us a glimpse of Assassin's Creed Shadow's open world, giving a glimpse of the various locations that players can explore, as well as what they look like depending on the season. This should give players an idea of just how big the scope of the game is.

Assassin's Creed Shadows has a worldwide release date of November 15. 2024, and will be available on Ubisoft+, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Amazon Luna, Mac, and PC via the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store. It will also be available on iPad at a later date.

Additionally, players who purchase the game's Gold, Ultimate, or Collector's Edition, as well as those who have a Ubisoft+ Premium Subscription, will be able to play the games three days early on November 12, 2024. Not only that, but those who pre-order the game will also receive an additional quest.

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