Is Assassin’s Creed Shadows Yasuke a true samurai?

May 13, 2024 by No Comments


Now that we have the official title for Assassin’s Creed Shadows and know more about the two main protagonists, Yasuke and Nao, let’s delve into more of the game’s story and lore. For example, is Yasuke a real samurai? The franchise has long toyed with real-life people, adapting their history to the game, so why not this guy as well?

Is Yasuke a true samurai?

The real-life Yasuke, a man of African descent, served as a samurai under Oda Nobunaga between 1581 and 1582. During the Sengoku period, Yasuke served as a sword bearer, essentially a samurai, for about 15 months until his death as Nobunaga.

Nobunaga reportedly took a liking to the man after his appearance in Japan, with reports stating that he was “as strong as an ox”. Nobunaga often spoke with Yasuke, despite his lack of Japanese, and eventually hired him as a vassal.

In 1582, Nobunaga was betrayed by his vassals and Yasuke was inevitably disarmed and sent to the Padre Cathedral in India in captivity. Following that, it is unclear what exactly happened to Yasuke.

Yasuke in Assassin’s Creed Shadows

In Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Yasuke plays an important role in the story. He is said to form an alliance with Nao, a shinobi, to help unify Japan.

As in real life, Yasuke is a samurai in the game. Also, he plays a more action-oriented role in the story and combat, compared to Nao’s stealthy approach to situations.

Of course, nothing is written in stone yet. We will know more about the game and its story in the coming days!


We’ll follow the exciting storyline of Assassin’s Creed Shadows as we learn more. For now, check out what else Insider Gaming covers:

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