‘Assassin’s Creed’ developer Ubisoft apologises for using artwork without permission

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows is an upcoming game set in Sengoku-era Japan, and the developer making it has aplogised to a Japanese re-enactment group after using its flag “without permission”.

Ubisoft Japan wrote on X/Twitter: “We have received notice that two pieces of concept art previously released for Assassin’s Creed: Shadows use the flag of the Sekigahara Battlefield Hospitality Union ‘Sekigahara Rifle Corps’ without permission,” (Translated by Google Translate).

It continued: “The art in question will not be used or distributed any further beyond this date, except for being included in the artbook in the Collector’s Edition. We deeply apologize for this matter.”

『アサシン クリード シャドウズ』に関するお知らせ
公開済であるコンセプトアート2点に、関ケ原古戦場おもてなし連合「関ケ原鉄砲隊」の旗が無断で使用されているとのご指摘を受けております。
団体様には謝罪の機会を頂戴し、受け入れていただきました。…

— Ubisoft Japan (@UBISOFT_JAPAN) July 8, 2024

Assassin’s Creed Shadows features two playable protagonists. One is Yasuke, a Black samurai whose playstyle revolves more around direct combat and strength. The other is Japanese shinobi Assassin Naoe, and her gameplay is going to be more stealthy, typical to the traditional mechanics fans of the franchise are used to.

The game’s inclusion of a Black protagonist has drawn ire from a loud minority of gamers, who claim to be upset over the game shirking historical accuracy, but Yasuke was a real saumurai, and the Assassin’s Creed series has always used real settings and people to create its fictional, dramatised stories.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is launching later this year, November 15. Fans actually have an opportunity to voice an NPC in the game thanks to a competition that closed on July 2. It involved people reading out iconic lines from the games.

In other news, Xbox Game Pass is about to get more expensive and more confusing as it hikes the price of existing tiers for new customers and introduces a new standardtier that doesn’t come with day-one first-party games or cloud gaming features.

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