Because nothing on the internet can go without controversy for long, a movement has sprung up proposing a boycott of new stabbing simulator Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. The reason is not due to its gratituitous violence or any questionable DLC practices, but because the game has the protagonist running sidequests for bearded early Communist Karl Marx.
The objection seems to be that by including Marx as a character, the game is endorsing the actions of anyone who ever took inspiration from him.
@CubedGamers how many games are we going to produce where you do side missions for adolf eichmann? do you understand yet?
— A. wyatt mann (@awyattman88) October 26, 2015
The controversy may seem odd to those who remember that the previous installment in the series, Assassin’s Creed Unity, had main character Arno palling around with Napoleon Bonaparte – the imperialistic French dictator whose wars of expansion are estimated to have killed around three million people. Marx, meanwhile, is not known to have directly killed anybody, but simply wrote some rather dull books.
Updates will follow if the boycott comes to anything that isn’t people with anime avatars on Twitter. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.