Assassin’s Creed games are one of those very few games which have had the courage as some might call it or the audacity as others might say, to introduce female lead characters. And now, the director of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has shared intentions for adding gender choice in future Assassin’s Creed games.
For most of the titles, introducing female characters mostly seems to have backfired. However, for Assassin’s Creed, it always has been encouraging to some level.
Apparently, this is something that the game director of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey also thinks should be pursued in future Assassin’s Creed games as well.
Scott Philips speaking to Gameidustry, specifically highlighted that limiting the fans base is one of the biggest mistakes any developer can do let alone Ubisoft.
I think it would be a mistake to limit our players, limit our fanbase from as many people as possible [with only male protagonists]. I don’t know why we would go back
Giving choices to the players have always been one of the things that the devs have always intended to push for.
We want, as much as possible, to give you those options to affect the world, maybe in ways, you might not have been able to in the past.
Phillips emphasized specifically saying that one of the most crucial choices in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the option of gender choice. Historically we have had a female play a very little role as a protagonist, like some specific sections or spin-off titles like AC 3 companion Liberation.
Now put the option for gender choice in games into context and let us wind our clocks a little while back. There are tons of examples out there where there has been a major clash in the community whenever anyone introduces female protagonists.
Like the Battlefield 5 female controversy that nearly almost sunk the game even before its release. Or consider the fact that although Ubisoft introduced Kassandra in Odyssey, they have been retaining caution to some level by keeping her out of focus, at some level.
This might be argued but it still is a fact to some level, there have been some female gamers who have been concealing their identity due to the fear of abuse.
While there have been a few games, which have been a little lucky in staying alive, like WWE 2K19 adding female superstars but that game has the leverage of being based on a real live entertainment show, so it probably has some support.
However, other games might not be privileged enough. Still, let us see how Ubisoft plans to implement this gender choice in future Assassin’s Creed games.