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Japanese gamers have started a petition to get Assassin’s Creed Shadows cancelled

Japanese gamers have started a petition to get Assassin’s Creed Shadows cancelled

Ever since Ubisoft started showing off more and more of Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the game has been receiving increasing backlash from Japanese gamers. Many have expressed frustration over the representation of the country and its culture in the upcoming game, and now this has resulted in a petition on Change.org calling for Ubisoft to cancel the game.

So far, the petition has gathered over 25,000 signatures, with over 13,000 signatures in the last 24 hours (at the time of writing). The petition specifically states (according to Google translation):

“Recently, the lack of historical accuracy and cultural respect has been a serious issue regarding the upcoming game “Assassin’s Creed Shadows” from game developer Ubisoft. The game is based on Japanese samurai and ignores the fact that samurai were a higher class of warriors and were supposed to be “gokenin” or servants of nobles. In fact, the first European to be given the title of samurai, William Adams (Miura Anjin), served Tokugawa Ieyasu as a 250 koku hatamoto.

“In this history, Ubisoft continues to misunderstand the nature and role of samurai. This is a grave insult to Japanese culture and history, and can also be linked to Asian racism. We call on Ubisoft to immediately cancel the release of “Assassin’s Creed Shadows” and show sincere research and respect for Japanese history and culture.”

The petition was only started on June 19th and seems to be gaining traction. Ubisoft has yet to comment on the matter, but has previously stated that the game was developed using the expertise of its Tokyo and Osaka studios.

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