Former AC Dev: Adding Females Would Take ‘A Day or Two’

UPDATE: Ubisoft has issued a statement to Kotaku Australia in response to the controversy. The statement does not address the claims that the main reason behind the omission of female characters was that it was too much work, instead focusing on what Ubisoft has done in the past, and stating that Unity is focused on the main character, Arno.

“We recognize the valid concern around diversity in video game narrative. Assassin’s Creed is developed by a multicultural team of various faiths and beliefs and we hope this attention to diversity is reflected in the settings of our games and our characters.

Assassin’s Creed Unity is focused on the story of the lead character, Arno. Whether playing by yourself or with the co-op Shared Experiences, you the gamer will always be playing as Arno, complete with his broad range of gear and skill sets that will make you feel unique.

With regard to diversity in our playable Assassins, we’ve featured Aveline, Connor, Adewale and Altair in Assassin’s Creed games and we continue to look at showcasing diverse characters. We look forward to introducing you to some of the strong female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity.”


ORIGINAL POST:

A former Assassin’s Creed developer has refuted the idea that adding females to Assassin’s Creed: Unity would have added significant work to the project.

In a series of posts to his Twitter account, Assassin’s Creed 3 animation director Jonathan Cooper said that contrary to claims made by AC: Unity creative director Alex Amancio, adding female assassins would be, “a day or two’s work.”

He went on state that Aveline de Grandpré (main character of Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation) uses many of the same animation as Connor Kenway (the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 3).

The backlash against the decision to exclude playable female assassins in Unity’s co-op mode isn’t going away, and you have to wonder how long it will be before Ubisoft announces that they’ll be adding them prior to launch. My money is on the announcement happening before the end of E3.


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10 Comments on Former AC Dev: Adding Females Would Take ‘A Day or Two’

Grone

On June 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

There is no controversy. This doesn’t even qualify as making a mountain out of a molehill, it’s more like making a molehill out of three quarters of an existing molehill. Gamefront’s obsession with finding discrimination in everything has staled worse than a half-open packet of potato chips in the back of a dusty damp cupboard. Change the record, for the love of sanity.

AxΣtwin

On June 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

@ Grone – To be fair, Gamefront isn’t the first to already call this a “controversy”.

Jumpering

On June 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

No one will ever take games seriously as a form of art, if all games are being demanded to be all inclusive. By the end of all this political correctness we will be left with a gimp white paste of a game, with no artistic merit.

The reason the Last of Us or GTA V received such acclaim is because they were daring. They were not politically correct, nor would I want them to be.

Enough with this. After all, you would never tell Susan Collins to make a male version of Katniss in the hunger games, just to appease the male readers or J.K. Rowling she needed to rewrite Harry Potter with Harry as a girl to appease the women in her audience. . .

fethski

On June 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

If anyone had bothered to read on any of the controversies they would know it was less about sexism and more about the bull reasons given for not having female characters. Had Ubisoft just come out and said “It didn’t fit our narrative” or ” We didn’t want to” then the controversy would be about sexism.

And last I checked Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are books, not video games with multiplayer.

AxΣtwin

On June 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm

@ Jumpering – Video Games as a whole can never be considered art for as long as they have to continue to fulfill certain politically correct boxes on a checklist.

Blarty

On June 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm

* Looks for articles on the net about gender equality for players in Mirror’s Edge *

* Finds none *

* Is not surprised by the internet’s definition of ‘equality’ *

lol

On June 12, 2014 at 7:28 am

“A former Assassin’s Creed developer” lol

Either fired for doing a ty job

or

Quit because not enough $$$

Stardoaks

On June 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

This site doesn’t even have a token female writer, so nobody here has any right to criticise Ubisoft – which hires hundreds if not thousands of women based on merit – for arbitrarily choosing not to include female murderers in a videogame about murdering people. Just a bunch of self-loathing white guys putting ideology and a desperate need to feel like they’re making a difference to people’s lives above sense and perspective. Bit like most of your increasingly grating attempts at social commentary.

DarthEpitaph

On June 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Wow, Blarty, you found a game with an exclusively female protagonist! That means women and men are represented equally in video games! Why didn’t anyone think of that before?

Let’s play a little game. For each title you give me that has an exclusively female protagonist, I’ll give you five that have an exclusively male protagonist. We’ll see who runs out first.

Hal 1.5k

On June 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I find it amusing that someone who has done no work on the Assassin’s Creed series since 2012 or on this project makes assumptions on how much work it will take.