[NM] Assassin’s Creed Forums Struck By Trolling Over Skin Color

If you’re looking to rustle some jimmies or meme it up on the Assassin’s Creed Origin forums, you might want to think twice or risk the wrath of some overworked, twitchy moderators. The forums are undergoing an apparent fumigation after they were targeted by a collective of trolls and angry gamers responding to so-called “blackwashing,” alleging that Ubisoft is depicting characters in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origin as darker in complexion than some believe they should be.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins launches October 27, 2017 on PC, Xbox, and Playstation. The game serves as a prequel to the series, set in Ptolemaic era Ancient Egypt with the player taking the role of Bayek and the origins (get it?) of the order of Assassins and their rival Templar group.

The series has been criticized over its historical accuracy. Recent studies have shown that ancient Egyptians shared more ancestry with Near Easterners (West Asia, Middle East) and that Sub-Saharan genes did not mix until more recent times, however the study notes that the genetic samples were taken from a single site and may not account for all of Egypt.

It is possible that populations in the south of Egypt were more closely related to those of Nubia and had a higher sub-Saharan genetic component, in which case the argument for an influx of sub-Saharan ancestries after the Roman Period might only be partially valid and have to be nuanced.

Much of the spam on the forums appears to be users repeating various memes, with some trolling using harsh, offensive slurs. As a result, the moderators appear to be taking a heavy handed approach to keep up with the influx of posts, and the nature of the posts has led some to believe that the complaints are rooted in racist ideologies.

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