Insider Gaming has learned that Assassin’s Creed Red Samurai will be based on a real African samurai named Yasuke.
Although Yasuke’s story is steeped in mythology, historically he was a real person who existed, making him the first Assassin’s Creed character to fit that description.
Speculations for Yasuke to be included in Assassin’s Creed Red began to emerge following our exclusive report earlier this year, which confirmed that the game will feature two playable characters. Speaking to sources, Insider Gaming understands that the male character is definitely Yasuke, but his story has been rewritten to fit the story and style of the game.
At the beginning of this year, Twitter user j0nathan revealed some details about the main female character named “Naoe” who is on a revenge mission following the death of her father. Insider Gaming can confirm this information, and Naoe’s full name is currently called Naoe Fujibayashi – The daughter of the real-life legend Fujibayashi Nagato, who is considered one of the three great Iga jōnin.
In October 2023, Naoe’s first photo was leaked online via the LinkedIn profile of Senior Writer Pierre Boudreau.
Similar to Naoe, Yasuke’s story begins with a tragedy and unlike his original story, his story has been rewritten. In Assassin’s Creed Red, Yasuke was a slave on a slave ship when it was attacked and everyone was killed, including his lover, but he survived. Yasuke was then rescued and brought to Japan, where he learned the way of the Samurai under the tutelage of Nobunaga.
It is understood that at the beginning of the game, Naoe and Yasuke are fierce enemies, but later they become allies in their desire for the unification of Japan.
Insider Gaming understands that other historical characters to appear in Assassin’s Creed Red include; Fujibayashi Nagato (Naoe’s father), Oda Nobunaga, Akechi Mitsuhide, Hattori Hanzo (returning actor), Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Kōdai-in (Hideyoshi’s wife), Oichi, Ashikaga Yoshiaki , Akechi Kagemitsu, and more.
It is not yet clear whether Ubisoft will call Yasuke by his real name or not for the final release.
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