This Tuesday, Ubisoft released a new trailer for Assasin’s Creed Unity, which highlighted a new Templar character named Elise.
The trailer had Arno Dorian, the new protagonist of Unity, free running his way through Parisian rooftops towards a public execution in order to stop Elise from being beheaded. According to Ubisoft, she is a central character in the new game’s story, and has been described as a young noblewoman keen on establishing herself within the Templar order amidst the chaos of the French Revolution.
The trailer has Elise and Arno teaming up to fight off soldiers that surround their position following Elise’s rescue. While there appears to be a bit of opening tension between the two characters it seems that both will end up fighting alongside each other during the narrative of the game.
However, the most notable aspect of Elise’s focus in the new trailer is the wave of controversy that has followed Ubisoft after a developer claimed that creating female character models for multiplayer would double the workload of the design team. While Ubisoft eventually released a statement informing players that all of them would be playing purely as Arno, the internet has still been buzzing with rhetoric and discussion on the matter.
Elise is set to be the protagonist in a new Assassin’s Creed novel by Oliver Bowden that will be published in paperback by Penguin Random House. The book will focus on the battle between the Templars and Assassins, and narrate the roles that Elise and Arno play in the battle.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is set for release Oct. 28 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
For now though check out the trailer for yourself below.