It’s finally happening: Assassin’s Creed is going to Japan. After a series of earlier reports and leaks, Ubisoft finally made the news official during Saturday’s 2022 gaming showcase.
It was just a short tease, but we got a quick animated glimpse of a ninja slinking through the shadows in feudal Japan. Called Project Red at the moment, Ubisoft confirmed the game will be the next major entry in the series’ latest open world RPG turn. Development is being led by Ubisoft Quebec, the studio that previously helmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It’s also being directed by Jonathan Dumont, one of the many senior figures within Ubisoft to be accused of bullying and other toxic behavior during a workplace reckoning at the company in 2020. The company has previously claimed that anyone accused of misconduct had been thoroughly investigated and sanctioned where appropriate.
Fans have been hoping for an Assassin’s Creed game based in Japan for years, and it appears the French publisher has finally relented. How exactly the series’ evolving open world RPG formula will play out there remains to be seen, but now it seems like Sucker Punch’s critically-acclaimed stealthy sandbox Ghost of Tsushima will officially have some competition.