Japanese Gamers Not Happy With Assassin’s Creed Shadows

Despite games journalists’ insistence that it’s only racist Americans who have a problem with Assassin’s Creed Shadows, evidence is piling up that Japanese gamers are not happy with the depiction of their culture either. During Monday’s Ubisoft Forward presentation, the company unveiled an extended trailer for Assassin’s Creed Shadows, showing off the gameplay and the depiction of Yasuke, one of the game’s two protagonists. A Redditor called KotakuInAction compiled some Japanese comments on the trailer, which you can see below, courtesy of former Blizzard producer Mark Kern, alias Grummz:

When I first watched the trailer, the rap music didn’t hit me, probably because this is something Hollywood has been doing forever. I remember when the Black Panther trailers came out, Jeff from WorldClassBullshitters remarked that every time a movie has a black main character now, the music is all rap, even when it doesn’t make sense. (Black Panther is a good example of that because one of the main themes of that movie was African culture vs. African American culture, of which T’Challa is the former.) But it does stick out in Assassin’s Creed Shadows, which is set in feudal Japan. This reaction is not new, either; a YouTuber compiled a bunch of responses from Japanese people to the previous Assassin’s Creed Shadows trailer (courtesy of @Mangalawyer):

I’d ask what Ubisoft and games journalists will say to this, but we all know they’ll just ignore it and pretend it’s all about racism, the same as they do with every inconvenient narrative. But if this is how Japanese people are reacting to Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Ubisoft may feel the backlash at the cash register when the game is released. And to be fair, they are vowing to fix certain problems, like the inconsistencies with Japanese architecture. But Yasuke is one of the main characters, and the game comes out in November; they can’t change that, and it looks like his prominence and portrayal are a problem for Japanese gamers. This looks like it’ll be a bigger role of the dice than Ubisoft planned, and according to their financials, they need it to be a hit.

Comments (3)

June 13, 2024 at 1:49 am

It really is racist against the Japanese. It’s almost as if Rahm Emanuel himself, the guy who pushed rainbow flag and open borders on the Japanese, is responsible for this game being a psyop against the East.
If Japanese have any friends around the world, they should say to totally boycott this game, and if that ends Ubisoft, so be it. It would be a fitting end to a once great company.

June 13, 2024 at 4:32 pm

Don’t forget the “Historically accurate” dread locks. In feudal Japan…

Yasuke looks like he straight came out of the Bronx.

    June 13, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    I’m starting to wonder if it’s this outlandish on purpose, like they’re leaning into it hoping the reaction will fuel interest in the game or something.

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