Ubisoft has yet to officialy reveal the title for its next major Assassin’s Creed game, going under the codename Assassin’s Creed Red at the moment. It will be set in feudal Japan and according to older reports, will feature two protagonists: a male samurai and a female shinobi. New details have now leaked about the shinobi protagonist including her potential name and backstory.
According to renowned Ubisoft leaker j0nathan, who has an exceptional track record of accurate company leaks, the name of the female shinobi protagonist in Assassin’s Creed Red will be Naoé/Naoi (though it could possibly change for the final product, similar to how Jora became Eivor for Valhalla). The leaker also states that her story is very similar to Bayek from Assassin’s Creed Origins. A member of the Order kills Naoi’s father which leads her on a quest for revenge, essentially pushing her to create/join the shinobis, Japan’s historical assassins.
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Commenters clarified some discrepencies about these details, which could simply be a mistranslation from the original French text of the leak. If the game takes place 30-50 years after Ezio’s death, the Order should refer to the Templars. This means it’s also impossible for Naoi to found the shinobis since their establishment pre-dates European settlers even arriving in Japan, so it seems more likely that she joins the assassins instead.
As for the other male protagonist, it will reportedly be based on the real-life African samurai, Yasuke. His playstyle emphasises brute combat with melee attacks and heavier armour, while the shinobi is light on her feet and uses stealth tactics and hiding in the shadows to take down enemies. The gameplay will also mainly be a return to form for the series as there will be a big focus on stealthy takedowns and assassinations.
As with all reports, take this with a pinch of salt until we get confirmation from Ubisoft.
Assassin’s Creed Red is currently in development. In the meantime, make sure you read our Assassin’s Creed Mirage review.