China-set Assassin's Creed Jade playtest footage leaks online
UPDATE: More footage emerges.
UPDATE 19/12/22: Further footage from Ubisoft's supposedly under-wraps Assassin's Creed Jade has been posted to YouTube, this time showing off a mixture of stealth and combat.
Gameplay looks similar to that of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, with damage numbers and snazzy suped-up "Ultimate" power moves. There's plenty of rooftop parkour in the game's towns and cities, and, of course, you can once again hide in haystacks.
Locations spotted in new footage include Yangzhou City and China's Great Wall. The game's main theme music (another version of the series' iconic Ezio's Family) has also appeared on YouTube.
Where are all these leaks coming from? Jade appears to be available now to some beta testers, who are dutifully uploading bits and pieces to the internet. There's still no word on an official release date..
ORIGINAL STORY 17/12/22: Playtest footage reportedly taken from Assassin's Creed Jade has leaked online.
Allegedly posted to an Assassin's Creed Facebook page and then, in turn, shared with Assassin's Creed and Gaming Leaks and Rumours on Reddit, the footage - which runs for 2.40 mins - was seemingly captured on an Apple mobile device and depicts a combat-heavy sequence, which includes cut-scenes and combat tutorials. You can watch it here.
Whilst it's not the first we've seen of Jade - Ubisoft dropped a polished teaser earlier this year - it is the first time we've seen raw footage like this (thanks, TheGamer). As always, you can't necessarily expect the final product to look and/or play this way - this is likely a very, very early version of the game - and, as always, if you're interested, you should probably check it out sooner rather than later: these things have a habit of disappearing within a day or two.
Assassin's Creed Jade is the series' first open-world game for mobile devices. Set in ancient China, it allows you to parkour all over the country's Great Wall as a player-created character.
There are also two blockbuster Assassin's Creed projects now in development, too; Codename Red will be set in feudal Japan, while Codename Hexe looks to be inspired by European witchcraft. These games will form part of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Infinity project - and Ubisoft has now detailed a bit more about what Infinity will look like, which you can read about here.
Before all of that, there's still next year's Assassin's Creed Mirage to look forward to, which we have loads more detail on here, too. You're welcome.