Assassin’s Creed: Unity multiplayer noticeably lacked one aspect at its reveal for E3 2014. There were no female assassins, and according to Ubisoft, that fact won’t change because it’s just too much extra work.
We can’t accuse Ubisoft of being sexist this time around, even if Watch Dogs drew similar conclusions as previously reported by The Inquisitr. Assassin’s Creed: Liberation starred a female assassin in a follow-up to AC3, so it’s obvious that the series isn’t restricted to only male characters. It still hasn’t stopped the press from wondering why they were absent from Unity.
Ubisoft creative director Alex Amancio explained why there are no women playable in Assassin’s Creed: Unity multiplayer games:
“It’s double the animations, it’s double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets. Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work.”
Every player in the game will have access to different outfits, but in a sort of Matrix Reloaded twist, everybody sees himself as the game’s hero, so there are multiple versions of the same character. Amancio continued, “Because of that, the common denominator was Arno. It’s not like we could cut our main character, so the only logical option, the only option we had, was to cut the female avatar.”
Since Ubisoft suffered from a certain degree of backlash from the delay of Watch Dogs, they probably didn’t want the same reaction to AC: Unity. Delaying the game to add female assassins in the four player co-op campaign might have delayed their 2014 Assassin’s Creed: Unity release date of October 28.
The addition of female assassins to four player co-op might still happen in later games, according to Alex Amancio:
“We started [to add them to Assassin’s Creed: Unity multiplayer], but we had to drop it. I cannot speak for the future of the brand, but it was dear to the production team, so you can expect that it will happen eventually in the brand.”
As Liberation and Freedom Cry have shown us, Ubisoft is not above using non-white or even female characters in their bestselling series. We might still see a future title set in Feudal Japan, using a female assassin as they were prone to do at times.
It is still early in the life cycle of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and Ubisoft plans to release a game in the series every year until it stops selling so it could be years before we see an ending. Until then, Ubisoft has several opportunities to exploit history and give us any kind of hero they wish.
Will you miss the presence of female assassins in Assassin’s Creed: Unity multiplayer sessions?
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