I can see them retconing that. I don't really have an issue with them not wanting to have them work with team dark. Espically nowadays with current events going on. I'm ok with that their association was always weird. Nothing in that game or whatever it states happened or is canon and I think its all better for everyone to move on and accept that. It was a gigantic embarrassment. Is what it is. The not being friends part is the bad part imo. It takes away from shadow's development and who he is and why he is. And also removes the good part, that he's also despite being an anti-social violent dick,he's someone who genuinely cares. It seems as though someone at sega doesn't care for that distinction. I've seen speculation on other sides its Sega of America. While this does line up with his boom interpretation I don't quite know. Japan has done some wild stuff before. But whoever it is, its not great and shows a misunderstanding of why the character works. Or flagrant disregard to force another market. Either way it makes me fearful for the franchises future. Because lets say it is what some are speculating and it is SOA, then that means considering they have suggested to Ian he could be an android. They are trying to create new context for this region. Which is bad will only result in continued confusion and even after who ever is making that decision leaves will have after effects. But if its like Japan, it would seem despite the guy partially responsible for making shadow being in charge of the games , it would seem they have completely lost the plot and have no actual idea why people enjoy their content.