Assassin’s Creed Shadows Pricing Sparks Controversy

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows Pricing Sparks Controversy
Samuel Brickell

The new Assassin’s Creed Shadows pricing has sparked controversy among fans!

Ubisoft is charging upwards of $130 for a yearly installed game.

But not only that, but many have taken issue with the historical inaccuracies too.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Pricing

How much are you willing to spend your hard-earned dollars on a piece of entertainment software?

Ubisoft believes their single-player yearly installment is worth somewhere between $60 and $130!

The latest in the Assasins Creed franchise sees players take charge within the Japan Sengoku period. Its another open-world stealth/action-based game, seeing players climb buidlings and occasionally stab people.

But the standard edition, along with a preorder bonus side quest thrown to the dogs, is $70. That is just one sidequest, mind you, nothing else from the looks of it.

Also, for a whopping $110, you can get that as well as the season pass and 3-day early access! Wow, I get to play a single-player game three days earlier than others!

Who is that for other than content-hungry streamers, honestly? It’s a single-player game, for Christ sake; who cares how early someone gets to play it? That just means some prat online posts spoilers even earlier than usual.

Also, a season pass for a single-player game does not get me started!

For the next level, the whopping $130 version sees players get all the rest, including the ultimate set. This is a bunch of in-game items and a new filter in photo mode!

You want to spend 130 dollars on a Snapchat filter, do you now? Assasin’s Creeds Shadows pricing is just sad.

Or you can spend 15 dollars a month with Ubisoft Plus, which on paper sounds alright as you get access to other games, much like Microsoft Game Pass. But the catch here is that it is all Ubisoft games!

Enjoy a monthly subscription to play mid-games, bro.

Historical Controversy

But of course, if you have heard anything online about the game, it’s not the innovative new gameplay or gripping story that’s nonexistent with AC, but the main protagonist.

The game, much like its predecessor, has you play as two characters. One is Naoe, a stealthy Ninja native to Japan, and the other is Yasuke.

No one has an issue with the fictional character Naoe, but with the real-life character Yasuke.

This is a hot-button topic, and any opinion seems to get you labeled as one extreme or the other with some terminally online types, but here is the rundown.

Yasuke, the real person, is slightly controversial, as historically, there are few accurate accounts of who he is and what he did. What we know is that, according to Jesuit accounts, he was a swordsman to the famous Nobunaga at the time.

Some argue that this point means he was the first black samurai, while others argue he was the samurai equivalent of a golf caddy.

He was not on the same level as famous samurai William Adams, who historically was given enough credibility to marry and own property within Japan.

But to what degree he was important to Nobunaga and to Japan as a whole is highly contentious. I mean, going off of records, the guy was around 14 months old and just disappeared after Nobunaga’s betrayal.

Although it can definitely make for interesting media focusing on the life of such a man, I think the issue here is that it’s attached to the AC name.

Remember, this was one of the franchises that had that vital “we take historical accuracy very seriously” message upon bootup.

It does seem a tad strange that out of all the famous figures within Japan’s history we know inside and out, they go with the only non-native that has little to no concrete information or really relevance to the period as a whole.

This is French developer Ubisoft, however. These guys are trying to push the idea that gamers should not own their games.

Whatever the issue, this is some sort of ploy by them to create controversy, as they know no one really finds AC all that interesting since the last 4 years, some people think!

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