The video game series, Assassin's Creed, pits Assassins against Templars throughout various time periods, bringing up conversations about freedom vs. control, consequences for doing "good" or "evil" deeds, and just how many people you can stab with arm-mounted blades. Each game opens with a blurb that reads:
This work of fiction was designed, developed, and produced by a multicultural team of various religious faiths and beliefs.
And it's true that the Assassin's Creed series has featured a LOT of non-traditional elements in their games. The games range in diverse settings like the Third Crusade and the Revolutionary War while featuring protagonists with mixed heritages such as AC III's Ratonhnhaké:ton, a half-Mohawk, half-English 18th Century Assassin. Three of the games even feature an Italian protagonist which is virtually unheard of in video games.
With all of that diversity going for it, you'd think that a four-player Assassin's Creed game allowing you to play as a female Assassin would be a no-brainer. After all, the game's Order of Assassins got over gender prejudice way back in the 12th Century and there's even been an AC game starring a female Assassin (Assassin's Creed III: Liberation's Aveline de Grandpré-- who is half-African and half-French) Not so, says Ubisoft technical director James Therien (translation courtesy of VideoGamer.com).
"It was on our feature list until not too long ago, but it's a question of focus and production," Therien explained. "So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes [inaudible]. It would have doubled the work on those things. And I mean it's something the team really wanted, but we had to make a decision... It's unfortunate, but it's a reality of game development."
Assassin's Creed: Unity looks to be a spectacular game that I'm certain will do a great job exploring the French Revolution while four dudes murder everything in sight. It's just a shame that the nine Ubisoft studios working on the game couldn't figure out how to make a girl character capable of playing with a boy character.
Dramatization of Ubisoft Board Meeting.
The game is set to release on October 28.