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Chattycast 67: The Creed Courts Controversy

The crew breaks down the more daring plot elements of the Assassin's Creed's series, with special guest Robert Rath on the Chattycast!

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Assassin's Creed is the centerpiece of Ubisoft's annualized blockbuster franchises, and as such the developer is incentivized to play it safe. However, more than most tentpole series, Assassin's Creed has edged close to potentially controversial subject matter: a Middle Eastern protagonist while America was engulfed in a politically-charged Middle-Eastern war; a less-than-sterling portrayal of the Founding Fathers taking advantage of a Native American hero; and the recent spate of Assassins acting as instigators in populist revolutions against royalty and the rich.

This week, the Chattycast takes a look at Assassin's Creed's more daring plot elements. What does it mean for a AAA series to be consistently poking at certain areas of American ideology? Does this show signs of creative artistry on the part of the development leads, or is it just trying too hard to feel edgy? How do these various political framing devices fit into the Assassin's Creed mythos?

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