Posted on May 17, 2024

Assassin’s Creed Fans Slam Decision to Include Black Samurai in Feudal Japan Story

Chantelle Lee, Time, May 16, 2024

he latest Assassin’s Creed game in the beloved franchise based loosely on historical events, called Assassin’s Creed Shadows, has generated controversy among fans for one of its leading characters, a real-life figure named Yasuke who was a samurai believed to have been of African origin.

Ubisoft, the creator of Assassin’s Creedreleased a trailer for the new game Wednesday. The game, which will be released on Nov. 15, is set in feudal Japan and features two lead characters: Yasuke and Naoe. {snip} Yasuke is a historical figure believed to have been of African origin who was a samurai during the 16th century. {snip}

But some fans took to the internet after the trailer’s release to criticize Ubisoft for setting the game in Japan and not having its leading character be Japanese.

“Assassin’s Creed being based in Japan and then NOT using a Japanese male protagonist is stupid,” said one fan on X. “We know exactly why they’re using Yasuke (THE MESSAGE) and it’s annoying. It would be as dumb as having it based in Africa and deciding to use a white male protagonist.”

“Ubisoft has never made a game with a male East Asian protagonist,” one fan said on X, replying to a post from Assassin’s Creed about the new game. “Do they hate East Asian males?”