Thanks to previous rumors, we already know that Assassin’s Creed Red will have two playable characters. The male character becomes a samurai with African roots who actually existed. Thanks to new information from Insider Gaming, we now know more about the story.
For example, the website was told that the new Assassin’s Creed – set in feudal Japan – will introduce a samurai based on the historical figure Yasuke, the first and only black samurai to ever exist.
However, Ubisoft gives its own interpretation to the character, so that his personal story fits better within the overarching narrative of the game.
For example, in Assassin’s Creed Red, Yasuke would be a slave who is transported on a slave ship. When the ship is ambushed, the enemy kills everyone on board except Yasuke. The young slave is taken to Japan where he becomes a samurai under the mentorship of Oda Nobunaga.
More information has also emerged about the female character. In addition to samurai Yasuke, you can work with ninja Naoe who wants to avenge the murder of her father. According to Insider Gaming, her full name is Naoe Fujibayashi and she is the daughter of the historical figure Fujibayashi Nagato, one of the most famous leaders of the Iga Ninja clan.
Initially, Naoe and Yasuke would be sworn enemies, although they later become allies in a shared desire for a united Japan. Assassin’s Creed Red will feature several other historical figures from Japanese history.
Nice detail: it is currently unknown whether Ubisoft will keep Yasuke’s name – as in the history books – in the game. So it’s possible that the character will be renamed in the final release.
In any case, Assassin’s Creed Red seems to be diving into a super cool chapter of Japanese history. What do you think?