‘Assassin’s Creed’ is heading to Feudal Japan with a “shinobi fantasy” open-world game

Players will live out a "very powerful shinobi fantasy" some time after 2023

The next open-world Assassin’s Creed game will be set in Feudal Japan, with a brief teaser confirming the long-demanded setting.

The announcement was made during Ubisoft Forward today (September 10), though details were kept brief. The game, working name Codename Red, was teased with a clip of a blazing red sun shining across a town in Japan, with an assassin perched on a rooftop as a smoke bomb triggers.

Ubisoft has shared that Codename Red will let players explore Feudal Japan and live out a “very powerful shinobi fantasy.” The studio went on to describe the upcoming game as “next premium flagship title and the future of our open-world RPG games in Assassin’s Creed.”


Codename Red is currently in development at Ubisoft Quebec, the studio credited on most Assassin’s Creed games since Brotherhood, including Valhalla, Odyssey, and Origins. The upcoming title’s creative director is Jonathan Dumont, director of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and a writer on Immortals: Fenyx Rising. While there’s no release date for Codename Red, Ubisoft says it will be launching in the “coming years” after 2023.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Credit: Ubisoft

It’s not the only project that Ubisoft has announced for that timeframe. During the Ubisoft Direct, the company also revealed the existence of Codename Hexe, a “very different” Assassin’s Creed game that was teased with a wicker Assassin’s logo dangling in a forest.

An open-world mobile game set in Ancient China, working title Codename Jade, is also in the works.

While all of these projects are some years away from release, Assassin’s Creed Mirage – the next entry in the series – is set to launch in 2023. Set in 861 AD Baghdad, Mirage will follow Valhalla‘s Basim Ibn Ishaq on his journey to become an assassin. Ubisoft has described the game as “more driven and linear” than the open-world, role-playing direction adopted since Origins.

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