Assassin’s Creed Shadows action RPG slashes onto Mac this fall

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows action RPG slashes onto Mac this fall.
Assassin’s Creed Shadows is coming to Mac -- no PC needed.
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When Ubisoft launches Assassin’s Creed Shadows this November, Mac will be on the list of platforms supported by the action-packed role-playing game.

The adventure is set in medieval Japan, and players can choose either a samurai or a shinobi for very different gaming experiences.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows offers much more than simple hack and slash action

Apple’s M-series processors are very powerful. So powerful they provide better performance than most users need. But games are much more demanding than web browsers and email apps. So it’s good news for Apple when a major studio brings a AAA title to Mac.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is the next installment of the long-running RPG series, and it’ll run on Macs with an M-series processor.

“Players will step into the roles of a Japanese shinobi, Naoe, and — in a series first — a real-life historical samurai, Yasuke,” Ubisoft revealed on Wednesday. “Naoe and Yasuke play very differently — Naoe is a shinobi who uses stealth, parkour, and gadgets, whereas Yasuke is combat-oriented and armored.”

As with previous entries in the Assassin’s Creed series, the setting is far more than just a backdrop. “Ubisoft Quebec went to great lengths consulting source documentation and building a network of expert historians, professors, and cultural consultants to help the team build a world as authentically as possible, from castle construction principles to tea ceremonies to tatami alignment,” said the developer. “Both protagonists offer vastly different gameplay experiences, and overlapping perspectives on a transformative moment in Japanese history.”

Ubisoft is pushing its technology forward in the upcoming game. “Assassin’s Creed Shadows introduces a number of innovations to the series — including changing seasons and the use of light and shadow, both of which factor into its gameplay,” said Ubisoft. “The game world is dynamic and highly detailed, built with the goal of letting players get lost within it.”

Watch the 4-minute trailer for more:

Coming to Apple silicon Macs in November

Assassin’s Creed Shadows launches November 15. It’ll be available on that day for Macs with Apple silicon via the Mac App Store. The App Store lists it at $69.99.

In addition, the RPG is headed for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Amazon Luna, PC through the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store.

Before then, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Mirage gets ported to iPhone 15 Pro models and top-tier iPads. It’ll launch in early June.

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