According to an Axios report, Ubisoft is developing Assassin’s Creed Codename Red with the purpose of avoid accusations of “cultural tourism” and is therefore hiring consultants and collaborating with their Japanese teams.
In the past, some great games developed by Western teams and dedicated to Asian cultures and places have been accused of “cultural tourism“. With this term, in the videogame field, we mean games created without great authenticity and sensitivity to the topics covered. In other words, games that create a version of the East filtered for the Western eye. In the case of Assassin’s Creed Codename Red, Ubisoft wants to prevent this from happening.
According to Axios, however, it is not clear how much i consultants – external and internal – we really have the power to act on Assassin’s Creed Codename Red. The game is developed by Ubisoft Quebec and the creative director is Jonathan Dumont, a white man. Furthermore, Dumont has been accused of harassment and it seems that some Ubisoft employees do not want to join the Codename Red team due to his presence.
Assassin’s Creed Codename Red will be Ubisoft’s next big game and one of the first projects on the Infinity platform, which will welcome games, experiences and various independent modes, both single player and multiplayer.
Codename Red, as already mentioned, will be set in Japan and will be an open world game, unlike Mirage, which will temporarily return to the action-adventure past of the saga. Assassin’s Creed Codename Red will also be “more technologically advanced” as well as the start of “phase three”.