It’s easy to use a defense of “historical accuracy” to wallpaper over deliberate decisions made by development teams that allow for the possibility of appropriation by racial hate movements and ideologies.
I was pretty proud of this tweet I made in reaction to the ‘hIsToRiCaL aCcUrAcY’ crowd:
Unfortunately, the history of many actual medieval locations is far less clean-cut than fantasies of pure white racial hegemony may suggest, as the borders of medieval Europe were host to a great number of travelers, conflicts, and cultural exchanges that affected the racial makeup of Middle Ages European societies, such as Umayyad rule in Spain in the mid-700s and flourishing trade with African societies along the Mediterranean coastline.
Video Games may be fucked around this, but I have noticed a few nice examples of diversity in medieval film and television. One recent example is the film, ‘The Outlaw King’ which is about Robert the Bruce in the 1300s.
There’s a small scene where Robert is on the docks in Scotland, turning over taxes to the king of England, and there’s a sweeping over the shoulder shot showing all the different peoples and cultures stopping to trade.
Also, there seems to be this strange idea that medieval Europe was completely divorced from the Middle East??? If you have white dudes in Crusades-Era armor, then why is it so flabbergasting to not expect African or Arabic peoples amongst the knights? You have Danes, which are a sea away in ‘Viking’ like armor in your game, which is divorced from the time period by 300-500 years… They were as seperate from ‘Christendom’ as the Islamic peoples were. What’s the big deal?
To me, there is no fucking argument for ‘historical accuracy’ seeing as how it’s obviously a arena fighter with emphasis of a knight fantasy, rather than any kind of historical basis. Just add more diverse options, it’s not that hard. This has the same tone of a game like For Honor, with the same nonsense excuse to put all these knight fights in a big stupid arena. Embrace that, or you’re embracing the wrong things.