The next game in the Assassin's Creed series will not allow you to play as a female character because it would have "doubled the work" for the game's developer Ubisoft. Speaking to VideoGamer, Ubisoft technical director James Therien said female assassins were on the company's feature list until "not too long ago," but were cut as a matter of "focus and production." "A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation," Therien said, defending the exclusion by saying it was "not a question of philosophy or choice."
As we all know, Ubisoft recently dropped the new "Assassin's Creed: Unity" at E3. It was revealed that there are 4 new protagonists. All of them male, and all of them white. This has a sparked a bit of an outrage among fans via social media sites, because it was very unrealistic to have all the protags be white, scruffy, 30 something year old males. They even had planned for a female assassin in production, but dropped it because it was "too much work". A lot of fan have called bullshit on this."It was on our feature list until not too long ago, but it's a question of focus and production," Therien explained. "So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes [inaudible]. It would have doubled the work on those things. And I mean it's something the team really wanted, but we had to make a decision... It's unfortunate, but it's a reality of game development."
"The French Revolution (French: Révolution française) was a period of radical social and political upheaval in France from 1789 to 1799 that profoundly affected French and modern history, marking the decline of powerful monarchies and churches and the rise of democracy and nationalism."
It was also the people of the working class who made that change possible. Women and POC included. So not includeing them in their quartet of new assassin leads is not only annoying but very unrealistic. There also was a real life female assassin during the French Revolution! Charlotte Corday was a prominet figure of the French Revolution, and yet another reason that they should have included a playable female assassin character.
What do you think of them making the new assassin's just four more scruffy white males? Do you think they should have broaden the range of assassin's? Or do you not care?
UPDATE: Now there are people who worked on Assassin's Creed 3 and Watchdogs also calling out Ubisoft on their bullshit.