Troubled publisher Ubisoft have announced another Ubisoft Forward event for September 10th at 11:00 AM PDT / 9.00 PM CST / 8.00 PM BST.
“You can see what’s in store for games like Watch Dogs: Legion, Hyper Scape, and Rainbow Six Siege, as well as a much-anticipated update on our new IP, Immortals Fenyx Rising, formerly known as Gods & Monsters, and more yet-to-be revealed surprises,” say Ubisoft. “If you still can’t get enough, stick around after the main show to see deep dives into two unreleased titles, exclusive to this edition of Ubisoft Forward.”
There will also be updates from the teams working on Roller Champions, For Honor, The Division 2, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint
You will be able to watch the event at ubisoft.com/Forward, YouTube, or over on Twitch. If you di tune in you can grab some free goodies including XP boosts for For Honor, a charm for Rainbow SIx Siege, and a mask for Watch Dogs Legion. You will need to log in to to your Ubisoft account before you watch to claim the rewards.
The publisher has been rocked by multiple allegations of sexual harassment, racism, and homophobia. Things had quietened down but then at the end last week the publisher’s mobile title Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad was in the spotlight. In this game, there is an “evil” group opposing the government which the likes of Sam Fisher go up against. So far, standard fare seen in a lot of Ubisoft games. The issue stems from the logo choice for the organisation called Umbra whose mission is to change the system. The logo chosen to represent Umbra is a raised black fist. The same logo that is representative of the Black Lives Matter movement. You can watch the opening below.
In a statement Ubisoft confirmed it would be removing the imagery from Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad:
Imagery that appeared in the opening video sequence of Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad featuring a ‘raised fist’ was insensitive and harmful in both its inclusion and how it was portrayed. We have listened to and appreciate the players and the broader community who have pointed it out and we apologize. This ‘raised fist’ imagery will be removed in the next title update this Tuesday, September 1 on Android and as soon as possible on iOS.
You may be wondering how that even got in the game, and Bloomberg News’ Jason Schrieir has offered an explanation.
The director of this game and manager of the studio behind it is Charlie Guillemot. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because his father is Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft’s CEO. Charlie Guillemot graduated university in 2014 and became studio manager in… 2014
Charlie graduated from Uni and got a top job at daddies company with almost certainly zero experience on how to run a studio! How nice for him.