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"An insult to Japanese culture and racism": petition to cancel Assassin's Creed Shadows is rapidly gaining votes

"An insult to Japanese culture and racism": petition to cancel Assassin's Creed Shadows is rapidly gaining votes
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Ever since Ubisoft first revealed Assassin's Creed Shadows, the game has been facing an increasing amount of negative reactions from the Japanese. Many have expressed disappointment regarding the portrayal of the country and its culture in Assassin's Creed, and now that dissatisfaction has been formalized in a petition on Change.org, which demands that Ubisoft cancel the game.

Currently, the petition has gathered over 28,000 signatures, with nearly half of them signing within the span of this day. Here is its text:

"A serious question has recently been raised about the historical accuracy and lack of cultural respect in the upcoming game release by game developer Ubisoft - Assassin's Creed Shadows. The game is based on the story of Japanese samurai and ignores the fact that samurai are the highest rank of the samurai class and should be servants of the nobility. In reality, the first European to be awarded the title of samurai, William Adams (Miura Anobori), was a banner carrier from 250 koku and served under Tokugawa Ieyasu. Throughout this entire story, Ubisoft continues to misunderstand the nature and role of samurai. This is a serious insult to Japanese culture and history and may be related to racism. We urge Ubisoft to immediately halt the release of Assassin's Creed Shadows and conduct a thorough investigation and demonstrate respect for Japanese history and culture. Your signature is needed. Sign this petition to show Ubisoft the importance of cultural respect and historical accuracy."

The petition was launched on June 19 and is steadily gaining popularity. Ubisoft has not yet commented on this issue, but previously stated that the game was developed using the experience of its studios in Tokyo and Osaka.

Source: GameReactor

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