The sexist mindset of the Ubisoft management has also had an impact on Assassin’s Creed games
Several Assassin’s Creeds were supposed to have originally focused on female heroes, but this was torpedoed one by one by the creative leader, who was otherwise now driven by scandals.
We’ve seen and loved female protagonists as early as the ’90s, but it’s a fact that there are a lot more games appearing with male protagonists. Yet it has happened more than once that players have liked certain female supporting characters more than the man they control, and for the most part it doesn’t matter the gender of a character, but how well written it is, how fond, memorable it is.
Bloomberg (and our good old acquaintance, Jason Schreier) followed up on how true the allegations of abuse and sexism were about Ubisoft. Employees who asked for their names to be withheld also said that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Origins, and Odyssey had all been modified to give the male protagonist a greater role.
The London episode would have originally featured Jacob and Evie for the same amount of time, but eventually the scales tilted toward Jacob; In Egypt, Bayek would soon have been replaced by his widowed wife, Aya; And in Hellas, Kassandra was destined to be the only protagonist, but in the end, the developers were forced to put Alexios in as well. Behind the changes was Serge Hascoët, who was recently discharged for sexual abuse.
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, we’ll be able to decide if we want to play a male or female protagonist, but that doesn’t affect events so much that we can even switch on the fly. By comparison, the Odyssey story was all the more interesting after all, if you think about it, though there’s not the gender aspect, but the relationship of the optional heroes to each other that made the story extra exciting.
What do you think? Would the reception of these games have been different if they had been put in front of us, basically sharpened to female heroes?
- Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Style: Action, Role Playing
- Appearance: 10/05/2018
After Assassin’s Creed Origins guided players to Egypt and renewed the series, the next chapter provides an insight into ancient Greece in the image of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which features two of its main characters (Alexios and Kassandra), branching missions, dialogue role-playing, and romanticism. while also preserving the vast open world and unique combat system.