Assassin’s Creed Unity Accused of Making a Travesty of the French Revolution
Anyone who's been keeping up with the Assassin's Creed Unity news lately knows that the game has been hitting some pretty rough patches... Rough patches so big that they delete the entire face of a character. However, recently the game has come under fire from a French politician who is accusing the game of making a travesty of the French Revolution.
Former French minister Jean-Luc Mélenchon is up in arms about the new Assassin's Creed game, Telegraph reports. Years ago, Mélenchon left the Socialist party to form his own far-left Front de Gauche party, which is where all of his opinions are coming from. While the game had been getting attacked from all sides about its in-game glitches, the story of the game had, until this point been its one redeeming point. Players and reviewers praised Ubisoft's "portrayal of Paris during one of the most tumultuous periods in the city's history."
However, Mélenchon told France Inter Radio in an interview that the portrayal of the characters of the story was all wrong. "It's propaganda against the people, the people who are (portrayed as) barbarians, bloodthirsty savages," he said in the interview. He also went on to say that while the king, Louis XVI and his wife, Marie-Antoinette are portrayed as characters to be empathized with, they were in fact the exact opposite. The portrayal of Robespierre seems to be the last straw for Mélenchon who said, "And the man who was our liberator... is portrayed as a monster". His words have some truth to them as Telegraph notes, saying, "Robespierre was one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution." Mélenchon finished out his rant against the game by exclaiming that it "presents an image of hatred of the Revolution, hatred of the people, hatred of the republic which is rampant in the far-right milieux (of today)."
So now the question falls down to whether Mélenchon's qualms with the game are felt by anyone else or if it is just a product of his far-left political views. I would suggest playing the game to find out, but with its other extensive problems, maybe it would be better to hold off until Ubisoft has finally found a way to fix them.