Assassin's Creed Shadows: Collector's Edition, preorder bonus, and where to buy this game for Xbox, PC, and PS5

 Assassin's Creed Shadows Collector's Edition statues.
Assassin's Creed Shadows Collector's Edition statues.

The upcoming Assassin's Creed Shadows looks far more appealing to me than the last few entries in the AC series thanks to its historic Japanese setting and dual protagonists. To get people excited for the game's Nov. 15, 2024 release date, Ubisoft is offering preorders for four different editions of the game: A Standard Edition, Gold Edition, Ultimate Edition, and Collector's Edition.

Not sure which one to buy? I'll go over what exactly is included in each edition to help you make the best choice for your playing desires.

Assassin's Creed Shadows Standard Edition

As you'd expect, the Standard Edition of Assassin's Creed Shadows simply comes with the base game. However, those who preorder Shadows will get an additional bonus quest entitled, "Thrown to the Dogs." The Standard Edition sells for $69.99 and is available on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5.

Assassin's Creed Shadows Standard Edition

This purchase nets you the base game. If you preorder the game, you also gain access to the bonus quest known as "Thrown to the Dogs." Get ready to experience an engaging adventure surrounding two protagonists who each have their own fighting style as they journey around historic Japan.

Buy for Xbox: $69.99 at Best Buy | $69.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PS5:
$69.99 at Best Buy | $69.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PC:
$69.99 at UbisoftView Deal

Assassin's Creed Shadows Gold Edition

Assassin's Creed Shadows Gold Edition.
Assassin's Creed Shadows Gold Edition.

Those who want just a little bit more than the base game will be interested in the Gold Edition, which not only unlocks the Season Pass, but also gives players three days early access to Assassin's Creed Shadows. According to Ubisoft, the Season Pass provides a bonus quest for players to access on day one as well as access to two expansions that will be coming to the game down the road.

The Assassin's Creed Gold Edition sells for $109.99 and is available for Xbox Series X|S, PC, and PS5.

Assassin's Creed Shadows Gold Edition

Preordering the Gold Edition gets you the base game, access to the preorder bonus quest, a Season Pass, and three days early access.

Buy for Xbox: $109.99 at Best Buy | $109.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PS5:
$109.99 at Best Buy | $109.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PC:
$109.99 at UbisoftView Deal

Assassin's Creed Shadows Ultimate Edition

Assassin's Creed Shadows Ultimate Edition.
Assassin's Creed Shadows Ultimate Edition.
  • Buy Ultimate Edition: $129.99 at Ubisoft (PC, Xbox, PS5)

    INCLUDES

  • Base game

  • Pre-order bonus

  • Season Pass

  • 3D Days Early Access

  • Ultimate Pack

    • The Sekiryu Character Pack including gear and weapon sets for both Naoe and Yasuke, the Sekiryu Beast, and Dragon Tooth trinket.

    • The Sekiryu Hideout Pack including four unique ornaments to customize the hideout for your shinobi league.

    • Five skill points.

    • The Red Dragon filter in Photo mode.

The main difference between Gold Edition and Ultimate Edition is that the latter grants access to the Ultimate Pack, which gives players gear, a photo mode filter, and a leg up at the start of the game thanks to five skill points. It's the perfect buy for people who like to hit the ground running while playing RPGs.

Ultimate Edition sells for $129.99 and is available for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5.

Assassin's Creed Shadows Ultimate Edition

Anyone who preorders the Ultimate Edition of Assassin's Creed Shadows gains access to the base game, the preorder bonus quest, a Season Pass, three days early access, and the Ultimate Pack.

Buy for Xbox: $129.99 at Xbox | $129.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PS5:
$69.99 at PlayStation Store | $129.99 at Ubisoft
Buy for PC:
$129.99 at UbisoftView Deal

Assassin's Creed Shadows Collector's Edition

Assassin's Creed Shadows Collector's Edition.
Assassin's Creed Shadows Collector's Edition.
  • Buy Collector's Edition: $279.99 at GameStop (Xbox) | $279.99 at GameStop (PS5)

    INCLUDES:

  • Base game

  • Pre-order bonus

  • Season Pass

  • 3D Days Early Access

  • Ultimate pack

    • The Sekiryu Character Pack including gear and weapon sets for both Naoe and Yasuke, the Sekiryu Beast, and Dragon Tooth trinket.

    • The Sekiryu Hideout Pack including four unique ornaments to customize the hideout for your shinobi league.

    • Five skill points.

    • The Red Dragon filter in Photo mode.

  • Diorama figurine with dual protagonists

  • Hardcover artbook

  • Shinobi's metal tsuba replica with stand

  • Silk creed kakemono roll

  • Set of 3 sumi-e lithographs

Ah, yes. The Collector's Edition. This purchase allows the biggest Assassin's Creed fans to show off their love of the series. From a goodies standpoint, this purchase gives you the Ultimate Edition plus several physical extras including a figurine depicting the game's two lead characters. As someone who loves concept art, it's great to see that there's also a hardcover artbook, a silk roll, and three lithographs.

The Assassin's Creed Collector's Edition sells for $279.99 and is currently only available for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 at GameStop.

Assassin's Creed Shadows Collector's Edition

Those who purchase the Collector's Edition gain several cool goodies including a statue of the two main protagonists, a special scroll, three lithographs, and a hardcover artbook. The Ultimate Edition of the game with the Ultimate Pack is also included.

Buy for Xbox: $279.99 at GameStop 

Buy for PS5: $279.99 at GameStopView Deal

Shadows is gearing up to be one of the best Assassin's Creed games yet

Assassin's Creed Shadows stealth.
Assassin's Creed Shadows stealth.

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I've been a fan of Assassin's Creed for a while now, but I definitely lost interest in the series after Odyssey. Valhalla looked too long and repetitive and Mirage was fun (as seen in my Assassin's Creed Mirage review), but didn't really offer anything new to spark my interest. However, Assassin's Creed Shadows has managed to reignite the fire inside of me thanks to its dual protagonists and historic setting in 1500s - 1600s Japan.

I love the idea of having two separate people with completely different fighting styles as the lead characters. Controlling them at different points in the story is sure to add variety, not to mention challenges, to each quest. While I would love to get the figurine and artwork provided in the Collector's Edition, I think I'll be settling for the Gold Edition. It gives me access to all of the quests I want to experience and isn't too costly on my hungry wallet.


Assassin's Creed Shadows looks like it might be one of the best PC games of 2024, as well as one of the best Xbox games of all time. It's slated to launch on the Ubisoft (PC, Xbox, and PS5), Xbox store, and PlayStation Store on Nov. 15, 2024. Preorder now and snag your copy of the game.