Japanese Gamers Rally Against Assassin's Creed Shadows: Petition for Cancellation Gains Momentum

Japanese gamers have initiated a petition aiming for the cancellation of Assassin's Creed Shadows. Ever since Ubisoft began revealing more details about Assassin's Creed Shadows, the game has encountered significant backlash from the Japanese gaming community. Many have expressed their dissatisfaction with how the game represents the country and its cultural aspects.

This discontent has now led to the creation of a Change.org petition, urging Ubisoft to cancel the game. The petition has already received over 50,000 signatures, with over 13,000 signed just in the last 24 hours (as of writing).

The petition highlights concerns about the game's historical accuracy and cultural respect. It emphasizes that the upcoming game by Ubisoft has serious issues related to these aspects. The game, which focuses on Japanese samurai, overlooks the fact that samurai were a higher warrior class and should have been "gokenin" or servants of nobles. For example, William Adams (Miura Anjin), a European who received the samurai title, served Tokugawa Ieyasu as a 250 koku hatamoto.

The petition argues that Ubisoft continues to misrepresent the nature and role of the samurai, which is a significant insult to Japanese culture and history and may also be related to Asian racism. It calls for Ubisoft to cancel the release of Assassin's Creed Shadows and to demonstrate sincere research and respect for Japanese history and culture.

Initiated on June 19, the petition has been rapidly gaining support. While Ubisoft has not yet commented on the issue, the company has previously mentioned that the game was developed with input from its Tokyo and Osaka studios.

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