By Kyle Swain
In the co-op mode for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity, there will be four customizable players allowed per game but no female characters to play as. In an interview with news source Polygon, Ubisoft’s creative director Alex Amancio cited the various reasons why this is the case. Production issues with a female character was the main obstacle for the team. Amancio went on to say, “It’s double the animations, it’s double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets.”
The nature of the multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed also created problems in implementing a female character. The co-op has the player take the role of the main protagonist and their friends displayed as other male assassins. With a main female character, the design team could not implement such an option for the multiplayer gameplay. On top of this, it has been estimated that over 8,000 new animations would have been required to add a female player to the game.
This does not mean that there will never be an option to play as a woman. Level designer Bruno St. Andre has hinted that another gender option is something the design is working towards. Perhaps the next Assassin’s Creed will allow such a choice. Until then, we will have to wait. I’m sure Assassin’s Creed Unity will be plenty to tide us over. The game will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC on October 28 of this year. For more videos, trailers, and information on the game be sure to check out all the latest news on Ubisoft’s website.
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