Today (July 21), according to VGC reports, the number of female characters in the “Assassin’s Creed” series has decreased, partly because of the interference of the former creative director of Ubisoft, who has resigned due to allegations of sexual harassment.
According to a survey released by Bloomberg, former Ubisoft senior creative director Serge Hascoet and his highly influential editorial team (responsible for overseeing all game production by the publisher) have repeatedly opposed the plan to include female lines in the Assassin’s Creed game. Allegedly, the female playable characters in the past three “Assassin’s Creed” projects were forced to reduce or delete due to his influence.
Previously, after receiving instructions, the role of the protagonist Evie Frye in “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” was significantly reduced. And it is rumored that “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” was originally intended to kill the protagonist Bayek early in the game, and then let the player manipulate his wife Aya to play the game. According to the producer of the new series, Cassandra was the only controllable character in “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” initially, and then the team received instructions to introduce another male character.
Bloomberg said that all of these instructions came from Ubisoft’s marketing department or the Serge Hascoët team, both of which “do not recommend using women as roles”. Previously, most of the “Assassin’s Creed” series featured men as the protagonist. In 2014, Ubisoft suffered a lot of controversy because of this, but the developers said that “because of the need for additional production work” they will not add female characters.
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