When it comes to the accurate representation of an era in the world’s history, it looks like Ubisoft won’t be shying away from some of the harsher truths. Among them, as discussed by Matt Rurnerhas, writer, with OPM UK, is slavery.
This series has been noted for its historical accuracy and presentation. In fact, when the original game launched, one of its most highly regarded facets was its recreation of the Middle East during the Crusades. As disgusting as it was, slavery is a crucial mark on the history of the world. To attempt an accurate recreation of an age with slavery while not showing slavery would be a mistake.
It seems the folks at Ubisoft understand that. Here’s Matt Rurnerhas, writer for Assassin’s Creed III.
“We feel that kind of a subject deserves a certain amount attention because it’s so serious and it needs to be treated with utmost respect…We’re definitely not going to shy away from it in terms of not showing it.”
Rurnerhas explained that the team is still taking care so as not to offend.
“We’re going to focus on telling it like it was, we’re going to show what was there and what people did in that time but we want to be careful with how that’s covered and how much of it is there. It’s an important topic. We won’t be afraid to show that it’s there but we’re not going make it the focus of our game.”
To not portray slavery in a game centered on that specific era would be a mistake. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That comes from George Santayana, and he’s right. Ignorance does not help.