Many British fans are angry at the apparent pro-American marketing campaign that Ubisoft is running for Assassin’s Creed III. However, scriptwriter Corey May promises that the team has absolutely nothing against the British.
Pretty much all media released for the game—so far—has shown Connor killing Redcoat soldiers. This has led fans to start accusing Ubisoft Montreal of anti-British or pro-American sentiments. I’m British, and I don’t see what all the fuss is about—they are all just enemies in a video game at the end of the day—you don’t see me tying a Union Flag around my waist and marching down to the Ubisoft offices over this, do you? Obviously the game involves killing targets on both sides of the war, just because only Redcoats have been shown doesn’t mean that the game leans one way or another. It’s probably down to the simple fact that these were the only assets ready to show.
According to May, the story is “not meant to be loyalists versus patriots” and fans should calm down. “It’s assassins versus Templars. There’s a revolution going on and Connor will experience all facets of it. It’s not as simple as Templars backing the crown and assassins backing the patriots, it’s really two factions at war against the backdrop of another war. I have nothing against the Brits,” he explained.
May continued to defend the company by explaining the historical context behind the game, “It occurs against the backdrop of the Revolutionary war. And to be even more evasive, everyone back then was a Brit, this was not Americans against British – this was a British civil war.”
“There’s a great story that they tell of Ben Franklin and his son William and they wind up on separate sides. His son became a loyalist. When the war was over or as the war was wrapping up, his son tried to make amends, but Franklin didn’t want anything to do with him and they became estranged. I think it hurt his son and his son felt terrible.”
“When Franklin died, in his will he said ‘you get nothing. Had you won you would’ve taken away everything of mine, so either way you would have had nothing, so you get nothing’. I think his son was devastated and it’s just not as simple, even if sometimes it is portrayed that way,” he concluded.
Getting on your high horse over an issue like this is pointless. The Assassin’s Creed franchise has never taken a political stance over any conflict, so why would it start now? Anyone who is angry needs to calm down and remember that this is just a video game—nothing more, nothing less.
Do you feel that Ubisoft is favoring one side over the other? Are you happy if they are?