Assassin's Creed fans demand more female protagonists
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It might have been a few years now since the release of the most recent Assassin’s Creed game, but a lot more is on the way very soon.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which stars Valhalla’s Basim and is set in ninth century Baghdad, will be releasing later this year, and in the slightly more distant future, fans can look forward to Assassin’s Creed titles set in feudal Japan and China (codenamed Red and Jade, respectively). Oh, and there’s also Codename Hexe, which is rumoured to centre around the witch trial period. All in all, there's plenty to look forward to, and over on Reddit, one user has shared their wish for the future of the series - more female protagonists.
Take a look at the trailer for Assassin’s Creed Mirage below.
“I’m just playing Liberation on my quest to play all the AC games […] and we truly need more female protagonists in the games,” Steven8786 wrote. “I know since Origins we’ve been able to choose either a male or female protagonist, but in my view, this is kind of a clumsy way to give good representation.
“The gameplay being virtually identical between both male and female characters negates to understand that the experience of women throughout history is DRASTICALLY different to men in most every case,” they continued. "This means that in the games where you choose one or the other, that individual experience is forgotten. It ignores the resourcefulness of women through history when they’ve been faced with very strict constraints.
“I’m enjoying Liberation because it allows a story to be told from a female perspective, while showing how Aveline copes with societal misogyny but still remains an effective assassin […] I get what [Ubisoft] are going for by allowing people to choose, but like it or not, gender played a much bigger part in history, and I kind of think it’s insulting to women by effectively ignoring those stories.”
Others are in agreement: “With all the rumours of Hexe [being] based on a witch hunting period I'm hoping, praying really, that Ubisoft makes it one female-led protagonist. It would make the most sense to have this woman being affected by the Inquisition and turning to the assassins in order to end it,” Fit_Prompt8104 wrote. “This 100%. I had the same thought, as Liberation actually played into Aveline being a woman. The other AC [female protagonists] were interchangeable by design,” added Shirokurou.
At the time of writing, details about most of the upcoming Assassin's Creed titles are scarce, so we'll have to wait and see if any of this becomes reality.
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