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Assassin's Creed Shadows: this improbable petition signed by 40,000 players

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul3,2024

Expected for November 15, 2024, Assassin's Creed Shadows is polé micsince the release of its first trailer. And this has just taken a new turn with the posting online of a petition which has just exceeded the 40,000 signatories to date. the moment when we write these lines.

Assassin's Creed Shadows: this improbable petition signed by 40,000 players

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On November 15, Ubisoft will make the dream of thousands (millions?) of players come true by releasing Assassin's Creed Shadows, the first opus of the license which will take place in a feudal Japan.But this fantasy could not come to life without its little controversy. Well, we can even talk about a big controversy, given the scale it has taken.

The controversy in question concerns one of the two playable characters: if the shinobi Naoe does not seem to pose a problem, the samurai Yasuke is very criticized.Discovering the trailer for Assassin's Creed Shadows, some players shouted; to “wokism”, because it is black in skin. But the matter goes much further than the endless debate on works deemed woke.

The affair has taken such a turn thata petition asks for ; Ubisoft simply canceled the release of Assassin's Creed ShadowsAnd it was a great success.

a petition to cancel the release of the Ubisoft game

The character of Yasuke is a samuraiï which truly existed in the 16th century. Arrival as a slave in Japan, he rose to prominence and became a respected warrior. However, we do not know much more about this. its subject, due to lack of sufficient historical sources. And precisely, some of the players, particularly Japanese, consider that making him the main character of a game constitutes a lack of respect towards Japanese culture, as well as historical accuracy because his This role would be exaggerated. Here's what we can read in the petition (in Japanese), titledWe demand the cancellation of the release of Assassin's Creed Shadows, on the website 

The game is based on is based on the Japanese samurai and ignores the fact that the samurai were a superior class of warriors and should have been the same. To be “gokenin” or servants of nobles.[…] In this story, Ubisoft continues to misunderstand the nature and role of samurai.This is a serious insult to Japanese culture and history, which can also be linked to Asian racism. We call on Ubisoft to immediately cancel the release of Assassin’s Creed Shadows and demonstrate sincere research and respect for Japanese history and culture.

Assassin's Creed Shadows: this improbable petition signed by 40,000 players

For the moment, Ubisoft has not reacted to this. this petition. Posted online on June 19, it only got noticed recently, to the point that more than 11,000 people signed it today alone. In total, there are more than 40,000 signatories,out of the 50,000 wanted. If the author of the petition encourages people to“sign to let Ubisoft know the importance of cultural respect and historical accuracy”, it is very It's unlikely, if not completely impossible, that the publisher decides to cancel the release of Assassin's Creed Shadows. This would cause it to lose millions of euros, and years of development would be reduced to nothing. nothing.And you, do you understand that players want to prevent the release of the game?Tell us in the comments!

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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