Ubisoft introduced numerous video games that tackle points in society at its Ubisoft Forward occasion right this moment, however the French online game writer determined to not tackle its sexual misconduct controversy in the course of the presentation itself.
The firm tweeted that the Forward occasion was totally prerecorded and so it might not converse concerning the matter. On Saturday, CEO Yves Guillemot introduced main departures and modifications associated to sexual misconduct allegations at Ubisoft. This began in late June as individuals got here ahead and informed their tales alleging harassment, misconduct, and extra from Ubisoft staff.
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But whereas Guillemot has moved ahead with investigations and addressed the matter in weblog posts and letters to staff, he has but to talk publicly about the issue that has plagued Ubisoft greater than some other recreation firm in latest weeks. The controversy threatens to overshadow the video games that it’s releasing within the coming months.
Geoff Keighley, the Game Awards organizer, watched the occasion and livestreamed his personal ideas as a part of his Summer Games Fest. He famous that Ubisoft mentioned it wasn’t addressing the controversy as a part of its concern. He mentioned he felt conflicted about that as a result of there are some very large issues that Ubisoft has to deal with by way of company tradition, however on the identical time, the corporate is exhibiting off some wonderful video games.
Forward’s opening video centered on Watch Dogs: Legion, an anti-establishment hacking recreation. The video was narrated to a variation of the “First they came” poem about how individuals did nothing to withstand the Nazis in the course of the Holocaust. I’m positive Ubisoft gained’t say it’s speaking about right this moment’s Black Lives Matter or #MeToo calls to become involved in U.S. politics, however it’s fairly eerie to listen to these calls to motion within the context of our present actuality.
Ubisoft all the time skates this edge, making an attempt to make its video video games really feel related to right this moment’s points, however staying out of the quagmire of politics that might end in misplaced gross sales. Some individuals might discover this offensive to make use of one thing devoted to the Holocaust to advertise a recreation, however others would possibly view the poem as an anthem for resistance of every kind. It’s ironic that Ubisoft has its personal inner points to kind out at a time when it’s doing protest-related video games.