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This article contains content from pre-release sources that may or may not be reflective of canon upon release. This article therefore likely contains spoilers.

Assassin's Creed: Jade, is an upcoming mobile installment in the Assassin's Creed series. It was originally slated for a late-2023 release but was pushed back.

Plot synopsis[]

Explore the path of Xia in Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade. Set in the third century BC during the time of one of the first unified empires in China, an unprecedented era of trade and cultural exchange between East and West is just beginning, but with this comes new challenges and threats lurking in the shadows.

As the adopted child of the master Wei Yu, players will set out on a quest for revenge after their close friend is betrayed. But as they delve deeper into their mission, they will uncover secrets about the past and a powerful force that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.

From the Great Wall outside the empire’s borders to the imperial capital of Xianyang, journey through a world filled with ancient history and hidden dangers. Defend against the Xiongnu and work to dismantle conspiracies, taking on greater responsibilities, and facing new challenges.[2]

Gameplay[]

The game is said to be set in 215 BCE, during the Qin dynasty China featuring a fully customizable character players can create, marking a series first. Jade is set to feature all the iconic gameplay of the franchise, optimized for an experience with touch controls. The ability to parkour atop the Great Wall of China and sneak through bustling cities was teased at the 2022 Ubisoft Forward event.[3]

Development[]

Known throughout its early development as Codename Jade, the conceptual title of the game was first leaked on 6 September 2022 and reported by Try Hard Guides.[4] It was later confirmed at the Ubisoft Forward livestream during its Assassin's Creed showcase, alongside a short teaser.[3]

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Icon used during Alpha testing.

In its alpha stages of testing, which lasted from 15–22 December, the game was referred to as Codename: Explore. It was during this week that nearly an hour of gameplay footage was leaked on 18 December, showing almost complete introductory missions, some open-world exploration, and the ability for players to both decide the protagonist's gender, much like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, as well as customize their appearance.[5]The game's first closed beta tests required signing up to join and lasted from 3–11 August 2023.[6]

The game was officially announced and introduced as Assassin's Creed: Jade at Gamescom 2023, where developers added that a second beta test was expected in the future.[7]

In March 2024, GameSpot reported that the game had been delayed further into 2025, as developer Tencent is prioritizing easy to play mobile games locally developed rather than massively spanning foreign IPs. The issue of monetization was brought up as a possible reason for the shift in strategy.[8]

Release[]

Assassin's Creed: Jade will release in 2025 on Android and iOS devices.

Marketing[]

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Original logo used

On 10 September 2022, Assassin's Creed: Codename Jade was teased during the Assassin's Creed Ubisoft Forward showcase, and an in-engine trailer was shown.[3] Another trailer for Codename Jade was released on 12 June 2023 at Ubisoft Forward 2023, where developers announced they would soon begin registration for the closed beta testing.

The background of the game's title screen is a stone wall engraved in gold with Chinese calligraphy written in the ancient small seal script. Reading right-to-left and top-to-bottom, the translated text revealed two excerpts from the Yishan Stele (峄山碑) dedicated to Qin Shi Huang.[9][10]

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References[]

  1. Ubisoft (18 July 2023). Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade Closed Beta Test Compatible Device List. Ubisoft. Archived from the original on 18 July 2023. Retrieved on 3 August 2023.
  2. Ubisoft (13 June 2023). Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade | Level Infinite. Ubisoft. Archived from the original on 13 June 2023. Retrieved on 13 June 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 YouTube Assassin’s Creed: 2022 Showcase | #UbiForward on the Ubisoft YouTube channel
  4. Henderson, Tom (6 September 2022). Ubisoft to Reveal Several New Assassin’s Creed Titles at Ubisoft Forward. Try Hard Guides. Archived from the original on 6 September 2022. Retrieved on 7 September 2022.
  5. Saksena, Sanchay (19 December 2022). Assassin's Creed Jade: Playtest Footage with Locations, Combat, Ezio's Family Theme Song and Alleged iOS Beta Leaked. IGN. Archived from the original on 19 December 2022. Retrieved on 21 December 2022.
  6. Ubisoft (17 July 2023). Assassin's Creed Codename Jade - Closed Beta Test Announcement. Ubisoft. Archived from the original on 18 July 2023. Retrieved on 18 July 2023.
  7. Level Infinite (23 August 2023). Assassin's Creed Codename Jade | Now on Gamescom!. Gamescom. Archived from the original on 18 July 2023. Retrieved on 23 August 2023.
  8. Yang, George (21 March 2024). Next Assassin's Creed Game Delayed - Report. GameSpot. Archived from the original on 21 March 2024. Retrieved on 22 March 2024.
  9. Wikipedia-W-visual-balanced 嶧山刻石 on Wikipedia
  10. YouTube [TRANSLATED] Assassin's Creed Codename Jade Hides Secrets In Its Title Screen... on the Access The Animus YouTube channel

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