A bunch of angry gamers took to Twitter over the recent announcement that Assassin’s Cross will feature “inappropriate” references to a fictional historical figure.
Assassin’s Quest: The Lost Prophecy, the next installment in the series, was released last month, and while some players were outraged that the game featured a character from a fictional history, most were more concerned about the fact that the plot featured an entire race of humanoids from another planet that existed in the same time period as humanity.
“This game will use racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic and racist terms,” one user tweeted.
“I can’t wait to play this shit.”
Another user complained that the character of one of the game’s antagonists, who appeared to be from the fictional planet Agrabah, was described as “a white, cis, straight man who’s a black, trans, lesbian, queer and an atheist.”
The user went on to ask, “Why did the developers even bother to include a white, trans black, queer, atheist man?
He isnt a human being!”
The backlash against the game has been mixed to say the least, with some gamers and even some of the series creators (who have spoken out against the use of race) praising the series’ creators for taking a stand.
“It’s the right thing to do,” series creator Chris Avellone told IGN.
“We want to be the most inclusive, inclusive gaming universe we can be.”
Avellones statement about using “inappropriately” racial slurs is somewhat disingenuous, considering the game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a studio known for its diversity.
While many fans of the franchise will likely appreciate the developer’s statement, many have questioned whether the developer actually took the time to properly research the historical context of the fictional race, or whether it was merely a marketing ploy for the game.
A number of people also pointed out that, in Assassin’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the game features a race of humans that is actually a race that has existed for a long time in the real world, including Native Americans.
“As for this game, we are a black man in the middle of a world in which there is a whole lot of black people, and we’re just going to have to figure out how to play around with this,” developer Mark Rubin said.
“The game is being released because of this.”
Ubisoft has not yet commented on the controversy surrounding the Assassin’s Black Ops III release.