Assassin’s Creed Shadows Controversy Continues as the Upcoming Instalment Hits Rocky Ground Already with Unfortunate Accolade

It's not a good look for the best-selling pre-order game right now.

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  • Assassin's Creed Shadows release date reveal trailer is the most disliked in the franchise's history.
  • The trailer has been dislike-bombed from players who are not happy about the Black protagonist.
  • Fans have called out Ubisoft for making the game "woke" and have said that it is historical inaccuracy.
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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the upcoming title in the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise, is all set to launch on November 15, 2024, and fans are excited for a new journey to feudal-era Japan. The cinematic trailer was absolutely epic, and fans are expecting to see that same quality in-game.

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Despite exciting fans, the game became a topic of discussion and was soon surrounded by controversy. It seems to be continuing, as the game Assassin’s Creed Shadows has achieved quite a distinctive accolade that any game, let alone Assassin’s Creed, would not like to have by its name.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Trailer Is Being Review Bombed

Assassin's Creed Shadows trailer is the most disliked in the franchise.
Assassin’s Creed Shadows trailer is the most disliked in the franchise.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows cinematic trailer was released last week, revealing the launch date, and it immediately drew backlash from fans who said the game has ‘historical inaccuracy’ and is ‘woke.’ This has led to players showing their disappointment with the trailer.

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They decided to do it by disliking it all over the YouTube channels, wherever it was shared. The video shared on the official Ubisoft YouTube channel at the time of writing has 276,000 likes and over 586,000 dislikes. The trailer has grossed nearly 8 million views after over a week of the reveal.

Assassin's Creed Shadows: Official World Premiere Trailer

With this, the trailer has become the most disliked Assassin’s Creed trailer in the series, and it is not only dislike-bombed on the Ubisoft channel but elsewhere as well. The game has also been dislike-bombed on the official PlayStation YouTube channel, and it has around 15,000 likes compared to 36,000 dislikes.

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Assassin's Creed Shadows: Who Are Naoe and Yasuke?

Another video titled ‘Who Are Naoe and Yasuke?’ introducing the characters also got the same treatment. The video recorded 29,000 likes and 83,000 dislikes on the channel, with 1.1 million views. This shows that the fans are not happy and, if not addressed by the developer, may cost the game upon launch.

Fans Are Not Happy With the Black Samurai Protagonist

Players are not happy with Yasuke as a protagonist in the game.
Players are not happy with Yasuke as a protagonist in the game.

The main reason behind this backlash is the Black samurai in Japan, who is also the protagonist and is said to be based on a real-life historical figure called Yasuke. As per the records available, Yasuke was a man of African origin who served under the renowned Japanese warlord Nobunaga Oda, but nothing more is known about him other than that.

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Fans on social media have said that they are not okay with the game featuring a Black protagonist when the franchise is finally going to Japan. Several players from all around the world have said that this character does not deserve to be in the game when the game is about Japan.

Although the character has been portrayed several times in the media, fans argue that his time in Japan is not properly documented. The game has historic settings, but as it is media, the developer is allowed to go around about the things in it, but this doesn’t seem to sit well with the fans.

What are your thoughts about Assassin’s Creed Shadows trailer getting dislike-bombed? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by Rohit Tiwari

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Rohit Tiwari is a Gaming Journalist and Editor at FandomWire. With a Master's degree in Mass Communication, Rohit combines academic insight with a passion for the games and the stories they tell. He is an ardent supporter of Real Madrid and when he's not busy playing games, you'll find him reading or idolizing the GOAT Cristiano Ronaldo.