2024-05-30 侧对飞雪 4943


In November 2024, a new installment in a popular videogame franchise will be released – Assassin’s Creed Shadows. Set in Feudal Japan, the game will tell the story of two protagonists – Naoe, a Japanese female ninja, and Yasuke, an African samurai.


Finally, a game about stealth, cinematic assassinations and a centuries-long conflict between global shadow societies takes place in Japan – a land of unbreakable honor, invisible ninjas, and sharp katanas. The first leaks about this setting began surfacing in 2021, just as Ghost of Tsushima, another game about being a warrior in Japan, was released to high critical acclaim.


This is not the first time when an Assassin’s Creed game has used two protagonists. In Syndicate, set in Victorian London, you played as the Frye twins - Jacob and Evie. The two characters embodied two different playstyles - Jacob specialized in open hand-to-hand combat, while Evie relied on stealth and ranged weapons. Another game, Origins, that told the story of the creation of the Assassins’ Brotherhood in Ancient Egypt, had several missions that let you control Aya, the wife of the main protagonist Bayek. So, if this is not the first time this has happened, what made the initial reaction to Shadows so different?


At first, people were surprised by the inclusion of an African man as one of the playable characters. Sure, Yasuke was a real person, who lived in Japan during Oda Nabunaga’s reign in the 16th century. But even today, historians can not agree whether he was really a mercenary samurai, or just a slave in Nabunaga’s court.


Assassin’s Creed games have always included prominent historical figures as characters – Leonardo Da Vinci, Napoleon, Cleopatra, Socrates, Benjamin Franklin, all to immerse the player in the time period and to make them feel the importance of their contribution to mankind’s history.


Out of all the people that lived during that period and could be used as a protagonist – why choose Yasuke? He did not impact the history of Japan that much and is not symbolic of any events that happened. So why was a big black man chosen for a game seemingly about Japanese people, stealth and ninjas? Maybe the developers wanted to add the same “choose your playstyle” feature they already had in Syndicate. Or maybe they saw the opportunity to put another “underrepresented” person in a setting they probably have no place in, just to show the world how progressive they are. This move is sure to place them on a few liberal game awards organizations’ radars, but for now it has only made a lot of gamers upset. At this time, Shadows’ reveal trailer on Youtube is the most disliked in the series’ history, with people all over the world, including in Japan, sharing their disappointment with Ubisoft. Some are even calling out the hypocrisy by saying that adding a black character is seen as progressive (and you can be called racist for obxting), but if a white samurai was the main character, the uproar would be unimaginable.


The decision to make one of the protagonists non-Japanese is a brave one. Since the reveal, the community has split into two parts – the more vocal one expresses their displeasure with another example of meaningless diversity and inclusion, while the other one is seemingly happy with finally getting their Japanese Assassin’s Creed. Both groups have their reasons. Adding a diverse character for the sake of diversity and progressive optics is now commonplace, and people are tired of seeing it. The intentions could be genuine, but it’s hard for gamers to trust corporate boardrooms. The silent majority, meanwhile, is excited for the game, if sales are any indication. Shadows is the #1 best seller on Amazon Japan. But then again, if a gaming industry titan like Ubisoft, as part of an insanely popular franchise like Assassins Creed, were to make a game about India, Russia or Türkiye, there are good chances that the game would be an instant best seller in that country, African protagonists or not.


There is an opinion online that adding a black samurai is not a betrayal of Japanese culture or history. That the stories that can be told about Japan are not limited to stories about Japanese samurai; that it’s a harmful cliche. While it can be a stereotype, stories that are based on a stereotype resonate the most with people - a cowboy movie, a samurai game, a World War II series. It’s a hook that grabs the entire human population interested in that genre, and then it’s up to the story to prove itself and show that it is much more than just a stereotype. Red Dead Redemption 2 for example, is “just another cowboy game,” but its story and its characters attracted many people, even some that had no previous interest in gaming.


But the main problem of Shadows might not be its questionable choice of characters. Ghost of Tsushima, a 2020 Sony game about the first Mongol invasion of Japan, whose success was probably the reason Shadows was made, is being compared to the upcoming Assassin’s Creed, six months before its release.


Journalists worry that we've come full circle – Ghost of Tsushima was created as an ‘Assassin’s Creed in Japan’, improving on its mechanics and storytelling. If Ubisoft learns nothing from their shortcomings in game design, it looks like Shadows will be their typical open-world game, and will pale in comparison to a Japanese game about Japan.


Come November, the dust will settle and the game will be released. As usual, fans will be hyped, and the game will be full of bugs and lacking in features. After a while, the bugs will be patched, downloadable content will inevitably be released, and the in-game store will bombard gamers with ads. In the end, some will remember the game fondly for years, some will leave it halfway through, but its success will be measured only by Ubisoft’s earnings report for that year. That is the only way that corporations see the right and wrong in their decisions – their bottom line.


They can make movies and games with George Washington as a black man, but I doubt they would Nelson Mandela as a white man.


But then again ZIONISTS promote this indeed as to dilute and destroy culture and history of others. . In 1917 they burned down 20 000 churches. Never read they burned other buildings. In USRAEL they also pull down statues of famous Southern Army heroes and even statues of the Founding Fathers of US Independence. 100% of the time it is indeed done and promoted by zionist neocons from Hollywood and the zionist neocon US media.


@Assie The Descendant of criminals
Japanese slaves will gladly accept this humiliation from their Anglo Saxon owners.


A black samurai,LoL.Fiction beyond fiction. Blacks in Feudal Japan I don’t so. They couldn’t even make a boat to go there. Altering of history again


The truth is Native Americans lost the most to Western colonialism. Western colonialism invaded, slandered, & exploited the large majority of nations on this planet.
Eventually, Western colonialism was successfully rejected by most nations, & Western Europe's colonial empires imploded during two world wars.


If you check out historical records, then you'll see that Western Europe tried to enslave all other nations/kingdoms/tribes.
However, the Middle East + North Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, & East Asia were mostly successful in rebelling against this enslavement.
Sub-Saharan Africa actually had various tribes & kingdoms that sold many of their slaves to foreigners such as Western Europeans (which included both Christians & Jujubes).
Back then, most people on this planet were slaves & peasants.
Many Sub-Saharan Africans rebelled against Western Europe's colonialism, but Sub-Saharan Africans had stone-age technology to primitive steel technology, thus Sub-Saharan Africans usually lost to Western Europe & then accepted enslavement by Western Europe.
Nearly all Native Americans consistently rebelled against Western Europe's invasion & enslavement, but Native Americans had a stone-age civilization, thus Native Americans were easily attacked with GENOCIDE.
This is how Haiti started off as a tropic paradise for Native Americans, but ended up as a failed state of overpopulated plate-lips who were former slaves of Western Europe.


This is why the world needs to customize solutions for dissimilar communities, unique peoples, & peculiar individuals.
On the other hand, Western nations' self-righteous liberals fanatically believe that more equality & cultural Marxism are better for the entire world, but these ideas are unnatural for different peoples' preferences & counterproductive for the development of diverse lifeforms.


@2 the top
Woke nonsense, it's getting pathetic and embarrassing. What's next a black Chinese emperor?


Will they make a black Bruce Lee remake of Enter The Dragon? Maybe a rainbow female version too?


@D R
"Break the code" everywhere, so that only their own rules apply, that's the real motto of the Jews.
In the real story the only known Yasuke was the servant of a Jesuit, aka a slave, not a Samurai.


The blacks are happy to serve as the jews' soldiers against other races and cultures despite the jews setup and ran the globalized slave trade and ownership. Which proves that all the calls asking other cultures to pay for slavery are a scam on all levels and it's time for cultures to stop falling for it.


In the end, blacks do not improve areas they invade. Yes, they have high energy and musical talent, but the baggage that comes with it is not worth it.


@Gerry Radon
In the USA there is a concept called White Flight. Wherein White people will move out when numbers of Blacks increase in an area. Hillary Clinton , had many faults but was clearly correct in labeling Blacks as Super predators.


@Ser Korz
black samurai is a woke overreach! Japanese are as racist as any are.


Can't wait until there is a WW2 movie about black Nazis. Celebration of inclusion and diversity.


Ubisoft should get used to the idea that no one wants to buy their crappy games anymore.


Why not make him Chinese? There were Chinese in Japan at the time, and their lives were difficult. At least it would be historically accurate. NO way a foreigner was a samurai. No way at all. Even a Chinese, whose family had been generations in Japan, would have great difficulty pulling that off.


@James Lutian
American Blacks are enormous consumers of media and viewed by the corporate West as easy targets to manipulate and fleece.
This phase is similar to what happened to American White women in the 1960's when corporations viewed them as simple minded, stay-at-home spending machines desperate to follow social trends.
Now Black America is getting the same treatment.


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