Abubakar Salim Defends Yasuke’s Historicity Amid Assassin's Creed Shadows Backlash

20 May 2024



The voice of Bayek from Assassin's Creed Origins, Abubakar Salim, recently weighed in on the harsh criticism targeting the character Yasuke in the upcoming Assassin's Creed Shadows. The announcement by Ubisoft introduced Assassin's Creed Shadows, previously dubbed Assassin's Creed Red, revealing its twin leads: Naoe, a cunning Shinobi, and Yasuke, who opts for a direct combat style fitting his Samurai status.

Historically, Yasuke stood as a trusted Samurai under the command of Oda Nobunaga, a powerful Japanese daimyō, during the Sengoku period. This era predates the Edo period's strict societal structure, meaning Yasuke's esteemed position under Nobunaga conferred upon him the honor of being a Samurai, despite his foreign origins and recent arrival in Japan.

However, some have dismissed the authenticity of Yasuke's pioneering role as a black Samurai, stirring considerable online debate. Abubakar Salim, reflecting on a similar wave of negativity he faced four years ago, addressed the issue with a pointed remark about the unwarranted controversy over Yasuke's historicity.

"I'm sure your hill has a lovely view," expressed Salim, highlighting the peculiar steadfastness of those denying Yasuke's legitimate status as a Samurai. Yasuke's presence alongside Nobunaga, especially during the critical betrayal by Akechi Mitsuhide, marks a significant chapter in Japanese history and potentially in Assassin's Creed Shadows, spurred by intriguing fan theories.

Assassin's Creed Shadows is set to debut on November 15, making its way to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X platforms. The game promises dynamic elements that endeared Syndicate to many, igniting anticipation for its release.