“Are you mocking Asian Heritage Month Ubisoft?”: Assassin’s Creed Shadows is Suffering Again as Fans Turn on Potentially Tone Deaf Post

Ubisoft continues to push the "Legendary Samurai" narrative with Yasuke

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  • Ubisoft's decisions with Assassin's Creed Shadows has sparked criticism and debate all across the internet.
  • As people continue to flame Ubisoft in the wake of the controversies, a tone-deaf post by the company make matters a little more complicated.
  • Reactions to the recent post reveal how fans remain discontent and skeptical of the game's direction, even if the pre-order numbers may speak otherwise.
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Assassin’s Creed Shadows hasn’t been able to catch a break since its recent reveals from a few days ago. A lot of that has to do with the discourse surrounding Yasuke and whether Ubisoft should even attach the name Assassin’s Creed to the recent games.


It seems that the beatdown will not stop any time soon either, as a recent post by Ubisoft has been the subject of much criticism and confusion from fans. Best of luck with Shadows, and Ubisoft; you’ll certainly need it when the game finally comes out.

A Recent Post on Assassin’s Creed Shadows’ Yasuke Has Ubisoft Under Fire

Black Samurai and Assassin
The newest protagonists in the Assassin’s Creed franchise have been the subject of much discussion.

Since the days of early AC games, people have drooled over the possibility of one day having an Assassin’s Creed set in Japan. As Ghost of Tsushima has shown with its setting, such an idea is simply a match made in heaven.


With Assassin’s Creed Shadows, everyone thought that Ubisoft was finally doing right by the franchise—that is until the game was finally unveiled to the public with a cinematic trailer. What followed was a ton of discourse surrounding what the game would play like, Ubisoft’s decision behind its protagonists, and the egregious pricing set by the company. This also brings us to a recent picture that Ubisoft uploaded, which only added fuel to the flames.

Given people’s perception of Yasuke as a “woke move” by Ubisoft, along with the creative liberties taken by the developers to turn Yasuke into a “legendary samurai,” some were less than excited to see the post, reacting negatively to it, with one user even presuming it, along with all the other reveals, to be an attack on Asian Heritage Month.

To be honest, this is pretty much Twitter being Twitter, a platform that platforms the strangest of thought processes. While some may argue that the post is a little tone-deaf, given how many people have problems with Ubisoft at the moment, it is far from being an attack on cultural heritage. When it comes to being historically accurate, people understand that the point of Assassin’s Creed hasn’t been that for a very long time now.


Look, Assassin’s Creed Games Were Never Historically Accurate After the First Installment

Synchronization Points have been around since the original Assassin's Creed.
People are overlooking all the things that make Assassin’s Creed games great in favor of accuracy.

Many within the gaming community seem to hold Assassin’s Creed games with a certain level of contempt, believing them to have strayed from the franchise’s roots in portraying historical events accurately.

Here’s a hard pill to swallow, though: after the first Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft has never stuck to accurate historical depiction in any of the future games of the series. They long replaced that with memorable characters and their stories that can easily be told through certain historical events.

Keeping that in mind, it is best to keep expectations in check with Assassin’s Creed Shadows. Even though certain elements may have ties to our history, what these games ask of you is to focus on the stories they wish to tell. Now, whether Ubisoft can successfully do that with Shadows, only time will tell.


That said, what do you think of Assassin’s Creed Shadows? Do you think this game will take the franchise to some uncharted territories? Let us know in the comments below.


Written by Akshit Dangi

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Akshit is a (supposed) human being that lurks in different corners of the internet in search of fascinating rabbit holes. Outside of that, though, you'll most likely find him staring at a piece of art for days or completing another playthrough of Silent Hill.