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Two Assassin's Creed Protagonists But Naoe Won't Parkour Like We Wanted

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read
Yasuke and Noae in Assassin
Yasuke and Noae | Assassin's Creed Shadows

For the first time in franchise history, Assassin's Creed Shadows introduces two Assassin's Creed protagonists.

Players will enjoy the lives of Yasuke, Japan's first Black Samurai, and Naoe, a traditional shinobi.

Ubisoft has designed these characters with distinct Assassin's Creed abilities, providing a unique blend of gameplay mechanics and combat skills.

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Naoe Can't Parkour Like Previous Protagonists

Despite Yasuke's historical intrigue and unique perspective, fans are worried about Naoe's restricted parkour skills.

Throughout the Assassin's Creed series, the protagonists have typically demonstrated the ability to scale nearly any building, which has been a fundamental aspect of the series' stealth and movement mechanics.


Assassin's Creed game character Naoe

Naoe | Ubisoft

However, Naoe will not be able to scale everything in sight, which is a change noted by JorRaptor on Twitter/X.

Fans are used to the series' freedom of movement. Climbing tall buildings, leaping from rooftops, and using the environment to outmaneuver enemies have been core aspects of the gameplay.

Naoe’s restricted climbing abilities have raised eyebrows among long-time followers of the franchise.

Many feel that this limitation could hinder the fluid, parkour-heavy gameplay that has been a hallmark of the series.

Fan Reactions and Ubisoft's Possible Intentions

The Assasin's Creed community on Reddit has differing opinions about this change.

Some fans are concerned that limiting Naoe's climbing abilities might take away from her ninja identity and could potentially put her at a disadvantage in gameplay.

One user commented, "Classic Ubisoft. One step forward. Seven steps backward."

Another fan was baffled, questioning why a shinobi can’t climb, while someone else went to the end of the spectrum by believing Shadows shouldn't even be a part of the franchise.

"This should not have been labeled as an “Assassin's Creed” game. Should have been its IPO."

Despite the backlash, Ubisoft might have a strategic reason for this development.

Limiting Naoe's parkour might encourage players to use her grappling hook more effectively and add a layer of tactical thinking to the game. While this may initially frustrate fans, it could offer a more realistic and challenging stealth experience.

Launch Details and Platforms

Assassin's Creed Shadows will launch on November 15, 2024.

It will be available on multiple platforms, including PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Amazon Luna, and Macs with Apple silicon via the Mac App Store.

In addition, it will be available on the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store as part of a Ubisoft+ Premium subscription.

Players can anticipate immersing themselves in the dual storylines of Yasuke and Naoe, each bringing their unique Assassin's Creed abilities to the game.

Final Words 

The inclusion of Yasuke, a historical figure, makes the game more authentic and provides educational value. Players will get to take a look into the life of Japan's first Black Samurai and learn about his struggles and achievements.

On the other hand, Naoe’s character brings a more traditional ninja experience. Despite her limited climbing abilities, her story is likely to replicate the lifestyle of shinobi, which will be a massive advantage because it will complement Yasuke’s journey.