Assassin's Seed
Fans are in an uproar over the recent announcement from Ubisoft regarding the exclusion of female assassins in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Apparently the company didn’t have the time or resources to produce playable female avatars. 

Many believe this is a completely unacceptable excuse and now some even feel the name “Unity,” which can be described as the “absence of diversity,” contains some sexist and/or racist undertones. Ubisoft claims they began working on female character models, but ran into “the reality of production” and couldn’t quite get the breast editor coding to work the way the wanted at DD and above, so they scrapped female characters completely.

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The folks from Insomniac took a little jab at the company and announced that you can play as female assassins in the upcoming Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive, showing just how easy it is to add playable female characters into a game.

What are your thoughts? Is Ubisoft just being stubborn and sexist or is there some legitimate reasoning to their decision? 

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16 comments

  1. I think Ubisoft is being lazy and dishonest. Plenty of other games have playable female characters (of all breast sizes, mind you), and I think they simply didn’t want to introduce females as playable characters in Assassin’s Creed. I mean, it’s the 21st century. Look at the games that are being released! There are NO excuses. I suppose they thought that if they were to just say they were working on them it would keep us off their backs. It did quiet most of us. Congratulations. But hey, that eventually backfired and forced them to come up with some excuses as to why there were no results in the end. C’mon, Ubisoft.. That’s all you got? Really?

    Lame.

    – Britney

    1. I feel like a company as big as Ubisoft can’t really getting away with saying they don’t have the “time or resources.” They have the time and resources to pump out a new game every year, but they can’t set aside a few days to whip up some female character models? I find that pretty absurd. If female assassins aren’t available at launch, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to patch them in via a free DLC as fan courtesy.

      1. You hit the nail on the head. They really can’t get away with saying that. They’re too big of a company, especially with all the AC success they’ve had in recent years. It’s ridiculous that they wouldn’t include playable female characters. I think most players of the series would enjoy it. Female gamers will have a more relatable protagonist if they so choose, and male gamers can ogle their female assassins to their heart’s content. It’s a win-win!

        – Britney

      2. In this day and age it’s honestly surprising to see a company just try and shrug this off as lightly as they have. Obviously people are upset. There is currently a petition going to try and convince Ubisoft to place female characters in the game before release.

      3. I agree with you 100%. It’s absolutely absurd and doesn’t make any sense. Ubisoft could have easily made female models. They just did not want to. Period. They fed everyone a bunch of bull on how they were working on it, and probably didn’t even put a pencil to paper.

        It’s all really silly to me. I think players of AC would enjoy the option of playing a female. Women gamers would have a more relatable protagonist if they so want and men gamers can ogle their female assassins to their heart’s content. It’s a win-win.

        – Britney

  2. It’s definitely absurd for a company like Ubisoft to say they don’t have the time or resource, especially when it was fine for them to delay Watch Dogs for almost two years to technically make it worse.

  3. I’ve noticed the possible sexist undertones with them a long time ago. The female characters either look like total sluts or are extremely manly. (with the exception of Black Flag)
    AC3 had hardly any female characters at all. I was ticked about it back then. It sparked many long conversations amongst friends.

    Sadly, this may be enough to keep me away from this new one. They’ve been going down the tubes with this series for a while now anyway.

    It’s a shame too since a good portion of their fans & best players are female. Tsk tsk, Ubisoft. Tsk tsk.

    1. Yeah Assassin’s Creed is one of those franchise that has a noticeably high percentage of female fans. When I go to events like PAX I always see large numbers of ladies sporting AC gear and better yet, AC assassin outfits. It makes me sad that this series insists on pumping out a new title every year as opposed to spending serious time trying to create something innovative.

      1. Exactly. Well said, Mileson. Which is why you heard me praise Papo & Yo in that review a while back. I have a lot of respect for creators that aren’t afraid to do something a little different.

    1. I was actually really excited to hear about the entire campaign having four player co-op. To me, that’s way more exciting than competitive multiplayer.

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