Japanese players demand Ubisoft cancel the game

Japanese gamers are demanding that Ubisoft cancel Assassin's Creed Shadows. According to a petition signed by 30,600 people, the game suffers from “serious problems of historical accuracy and cultural disrespect.”

Japanese players demand Ubisoft cancel the game
Credit: Ubisoft
  • Japanese Petition Demands Ubisoft Cancel Assassin's Creed Shadows
  • The signatories believe the game has “a serious problem with historical accuracy and a lack of cultural respect.”
  • 30,600 people signed the petition in a very short time.

Since its announcement, Shadows of Assassin's Creed It's caused a lot of ink to flow. The reason? Although it's a work of fiction based on historical elements, the presence of the black samurai Yasuke doesn't please, especially Elon Musk. It's the turn of a group of Japanese gamers To demand that Ubisoft cancel the game Through a petition that has already gathered tens of thousands of signatories.

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Game 'lacks cultural respect', say players

On Change.org a petition was created by Japanese players. Those who think the game is not historically accurate enough, or even disrespectful. Since its announcement, Yasuke's skin color has been a problem for some netizens – despite it being a non-synchronous, i.e. fictional account based on historical grounds. A long tradition in the franchise that never hesitates to rewrite reality as it has never presented itself as historically accurate.

For example, in Assassin's Creed IILeonardo da Vinci never met any Ezio Auditore. Same goes for me. Assassin's Creed III : Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, never met a Ratonhanhaki in real life. Even if in both cases they were less important non-player characters than Yasuke. Petition signatories However, he spoke of the inaccuracy of several elements. in Shadows of Assassin's Creed And his treatment of the samurai. The creators put forward several arguments to support their request.

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“newly, Serious problem with historical accuracy and cultural disrespect The question of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Shadows game from developer Ubisoft has been raised.Write creatives From the petition (Approximate translation from Japanese). The game is based on the Japanese samurai theme and ignores the fact that samurai are a higher class than samurai and should be “gokimono” or servants of the nobility. In fact, the first European to receive the title of samurai, William Adams (Miura Anupuri), was a bannerman carrying 250 koku and served Tokugawa Ieyasu. Throughout this story, Ubisoft continues to misunderstand the nature and role of samurai..

30,600 signatures, target 35,000 signatures

Japanese players believe this is a misunderstanding of the nature and role of the samurai. This is a grave insult to Japanese history and culture, and constitutes a form of racism.. “We demand that Ubisoft immediately cease the release of Assassin's Creed Shadows and demonstrate serious investigation and respect for Japanese history and culture.”the petition is written. As of this writing, it has collected over 30,600 signatures, and the next goal is 35,000. Some of the comments in Japanese, once translated, show that they are judging The studio doesn't use their words despite the resentment. English message believes that the game should respect the point of view of the people portrayed, here the Japanese, and that history should not be revised to reach a wider audience.

Two videos were highlighted in the petition, in one of which a player speaks in a mix of Japanese and English by pronouncing the words: “Remove black people from your video game. […] remove wake up With Hatsune Miku avatar in the background.

Shadows of Assassin's Creed Coming November 12th on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series. Chances of game being cancelled after this petition not available But it will be interesting to see how Ubisoft will react to it in the face of players' discontent who feel it disrespects Japanese culture. The company shows in its policy that it adheres to the values ​​of all by trying to respect the customs and traditions of the people represented as much as possible.

Tess Larson

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