Ubisoft apologized for the use of the raised fist icon in Tom Clancy's Elite Squad and promised that the images will be removed from the mobile game in a future update.
The raised fist symbol, closely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, can be seen in the Elite Squad's opening video.
The use of the symbol has been criticized as it has been linked to UMBRA, the game's villains who allegedly take advantage of civil unrest for their agenda. The game apparently borrows from theories that protests are actually backed by secret groups rather than actual movements against social issues.
Ubisoft has apologized and said that the symbol of the raised fist will soon be removed from the elite roster.
An update on Tom Clancy’s Elite Team: pic.twitter.com/G6Hb1SO7Gx
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The criticism against Elite Squad doesn't end there, however. The game's premise that governments view protests as threats to be dealt with by special forces is seen as outmoded.
Digital Trends has asked Ubisoft for comments on the wider criticism of Elite Squad. We'll update this article as soon as we hear something.
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