Assassin’s Creed Mobile ‘Jade’ Gameplay Footage Leaked In Alleged Alpha Test
Gameplay footage of Assassin’s Creed Mobile in China, codenamed Jade, has apparently leaked online. The series of registrations are believed to be from an alpha test for the mobile game, which some players were given access to, before publisher Ubisoft stepped in and stopped accepting registrations. The footage in question is said to have been recorded on an iPhone and offers a first look at the initial setup, native gameplay, combat, and a cutscene. As unveiled during the Ubisoft Forward event in September, Assassin’s Creed Mobile, codenamed Jade, allows players to create their own custom character, with the leak revealing just how in-depth those customizations are.
If the leaked images are to be believed, Assassin’s Creed Mobile will initially let you choose between a male or female preset, which can be customized to your liking. Since the game is set in ancient China of 215 BCE, expect the hairstyles to be appropriate for that time period. While there are no sliders to precisely define your appearance, the game does have a handful of pre-rendered options to choose from – hairstyle, eyebrow shape, eye color, face makeup, and facial hair. The leaked footage of Assassin’s Creed Jade transports us to the snowy regions of Yongning Village, which we must protect from a band of attackers. The gameplay resembles recent RPG-like Assassin’s Creed entries, with a large map, parkour elements, objective markers and an auto-run feature, suitable for mobile users.
During combat, enemies are adorned with a health bar above their head, which shrinks with each hit and displays respective damage numbers. There also appears to be a leveling system – our protagonist, at one point, can be seen fighting a level 40 enemy, whose health bar takes a while to completely deplete. There seems to be a lot of grip though, with Assassin’s Creed Jade telling players which ledge to jump on, which enemy to take out first, and flashing gold indications for all loot boxes out in the open – taking away the sense of exploring. Stealth segments are similar to the main titles, featuring backstabbing and ledge kills, in addition to some special moves/weapon arts that are set to a cooldown. Footage leaked by AC Mobile also shows a boss fight – seemingly Ghost of Tsushima-inspired camera angles – cutscenes with no audio dialogue, and general traversal.
Since the reveal of the teaser, Ubisoft has remained tight-lipped about Assassin’s Creed Jade, which marks the franchise’s first entry to head to mobile devices. At the time, the publisher also unveiled a cinematic trailer for Assassin’s Creed Mirage in Baghdad, which focuses on stealth, assassination and parkour – traits that originally defined the series, before it is revamped into an open-world RPG. Then there’s a feudal Japan Assassin’s Creed Red and a darker themed Assassin’s Creed Hexe, set during the witch trials of the 16th century.
Ubisoft also plans to create a central hub that connects all of their upcoming titles into a single Animus-like experience. They call it Assassin’s Creed Infinity.
Currently, there is no release window for Assassin’s Creed Jade, which is expected to launch on mobile. The iOS version is more or less confirmed thanks to the aforementioned leak.