Assassin’s Creed Shadows’ Japan is around the size of Origin's Egypt

by Danny Craig  · 
Assassin’s Creed Shadows’ Japan is around the size of Origin's Egypt

Simon Lemay-Comtois, associate game director at Ubisoft Quebec, has revealed that Japan in Assassin's Creed Shadows is similar in size to Egypt in 2017's AC Origins.

The details:

  • Lemay-Comtois spoke with VGC after the game's presentation at Ubisoft Forward, where he revealed details about its version of feudal Japan. "It's about roughly similar to Origins, so it's smaller than Valhalla in terms of territory," said the director. “There is some body of water around Japan, but it’s not like [Odyssey’s] Greece was, [which was] half water. With Japan that’s not the case. We have the coastlines and Lake Biwa is a very big lake, but [the map’s] roughly the size of Origins.”

  • The director went on to say that the "most of the interesting stuff is in the valleys," with the environments much more mountainous than in previous titles, and clarified that the map is based on central Japan rather than the entire region. He also explained that the developer carefully considered the spacing between the game's large castles, attempting to strike a balance between creating a world that is too large and one that feels "credible."

  • Ubisoft announced the game's title last month, following its initial reveal as AC Codename Red, and a 13-minute gameplay walkthrough was shown at Ubisoft Forward earlier this week. The title is scheduled to launch on November 15 across Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC, Mac, and Amazon Luna, but will require an internet connection to install.

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