Ubisoft Responds To Backlash For Raised Black Fist Imagery In Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad (VIDEO)
Ubisoft appears to have landed itself in hot water once again, though this time it’s unrelated to the abuse allegations leveled against the company’s former VP of Editorial and Creative Services earlier this month. Ubisoft has announced that it will be removing some raised black fist imagery from the opening cinematic of its newly released mobile game, Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad, following criticisms that the game’s intro sequence compares Black Lives Matter protesters to terrorists.
Released early last week on Android and iOS, Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad begins with an opening cinematic that breaks down the game’s central premise, which states that protest movements are actually fronts for a global terrorist network called UMBRA, whose endgame involves world domination. According to the intro, the protesters “claim to promote an egalitarian utopia to gain popular support; while behind the scenes UMBRA organizes deadly terrorist attacks to generate even more chaos and weaken governments,” after which a series of black raised fists show up on the screen, with the fists being an exact match for one of the symbols used in the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests.
“Imagery that appeared in the opening video sequence of Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad featuring a ‘raised fist’ was insensitive and harmful in both its inclusion and how it was portrayed,” Ubisoft wrote in a tweet addressing the widespread criticism. “We have listened to and appreciate the players and the broader community who have pointed it out and we apologize.” Ubisoft then promises to remove the imagery from the game in the next title update on September 1st for Android and “as soon as possible on iOS.”
Guys, if you think the only problem with this is the symbol used, and not the whole message, I don’t know what to tell you.https://t.co/LOTuFaas6A
— ThanatorRider 🌹 (@MatthiasRider) August 29, 2020
While acknowledging the issue and removing the imagery is certainly a step in the right direction, many have voiced their concern that the root of the problem isn’t being addressed by the publisher. “Insensitive to who, Ubisoft? Say it with your chest,” one Twitter user wrote. “Your games ARE political. And the politics you’re displaying vilify antifascists and Black people. You wanna do this right? Then do it right or don’t do it at all.” A senior programmer at Massive Entertainment, a studio owned by Ubisoft, also tweeted that the intro was “gross and extremely disrespectful.”
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad is now available for Android and iOS.
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