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Assassin’s Creed Shadows spark a storm of controversy over Black samurai Yasuke

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The gaming world is currently abuzz with the latest release from Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Shadow. This new installment in the popular franchise has sparked a heated debate among fans over its choice of protagonist, Yasuke, a samurai believed to have been of African origin.


Ubisoft unveiled the game’s trailer recently, revealing Yasuke as one of the lead characters. This historical figure, widely recognized as the first foreigner to be granted warrior status in Japan, has become the center of a controversy that has spread like wildfire across the internet.



The uproar escalated to the point where Yasuke’s Wikipedia page became a battleground, with edits being made to challenge his samurai status. This digital tug-of-war has only added fuel to the fire, further polarizing the gaming community.


Despite the controversy, it’s important to note that Yasuke’s inclusion in the game is not without historical basis. He was a real figure in 16th century Japan, serving under the feudal lord Oda Nobunaga. His unique story has been the subject of various forms of media, including the Netflix anime series, Yasuke.


The game, set to be released on November 15, is eagerly anticipated by many. Yet, the controversy surrounding Yasuke’s character has cast a shadow over its impending launch. Critics argue that the game, set in feudal Japan, should have a Japanese protagonist, while others accuse the detractors of racism.



As the debate rages on, one thing is clear: Assassin’s Creed Shadow has already made a significant impact, even before its official release. Whether this controversy will affect its success remains to be seen.


Do you believe the controversy is justified, or is it an overreaction? Share your views in the comments below.



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