Assassin’s Creed Unity Is Anti-French?

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is not amused.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is not amused.

French people are used to being the butt of jokes in popular media, like on South Park or The Simpsons. Now, however, they’re the ones misrepresenting their history. Assassin’s Creed Unity developer Ubisoft Montreal is coming under fire from former French minister Jean-Luc Mélenchon. According to him, the game “presents an image of hatred of the Revolution, hatred of the people.”

I fixed your disclaimer for you, Ubisoft.

I fixed your disclaimer for you, Ubisoft.

Specifically, he cites the game’s portrayal of nobility such as Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette as exemplary people, and Revolutionary hero Robespierre as a beast. To be fair, Robespierre took part in quite a bit of merciless killing, so take his heroism with a champagne glass full of salt. This is almost without a doubt a political statement from Mélenchon, who, from my understanding, is what you’d call a left extremist. He brought the whole rant back saying Unity’s poetic license on French history to be the sort of thing that is “…rampant in the far-right milieux.”

Interesting that Assassin’s Creed Unity seems to be a historical failure on top of being a technical failure as well.

  • Guilherme N. Pereira

    What is interesting is that right-winged people continue denying the history. It’s not necessary take a book and read it to know that people got oversatured of exploration. Divided in classes, girondinos and jacobinos, marat and robespierre represented very well that feeling of “let’s kick the ass of monarchy right now”. How to explain Bastille atack and response of army without talk about hate?

  • http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/ C.T. Phipps

    Robspierre did some truly heinous stuff but I think it’s important to not forget the guy also wrote into law that, “denying people equal status to whites on the basis of the color of their skin is tyranny.” He also abolished the slavery in France and had a bunch of other RATHER important changes. He’s often depicted as a monster but Americans get to gleefully ignore their founders dark sides while sneering at the French’s.