Women gamers have been infuriated after makers of the top-selling Assassin’s Creed decided not to include female characters in their latest game – because it would have been too much hard work.
Ubisoft had considered having a female assassin in the seventh instalment of the series, Assassin’s Creed Unity.
But during development, the company realised it would mean re-doing a lot of animation and costumes.
Ubisoft opted for four male protagonists instead in the story set on the streets of Paris during the French Revolution.
Jonathan Cooper, former animation director of the series, said developing female assassins would only have been ‘a day or two’s work’. Responding to Ubisoft’s comments on Twitter, Mr Cooper, who worked on Assassin’s Creed 3, said work could be cut by creating a female template and using that to replace key animations.
Further criticism was heaped on to Ubisoft after it was pointed out that ten studios are working on the game.
Ubisoft’s technical director, James Therien said: ‘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.’ In a statement issued to gaming website GameSpot, Ubisoft said: ‘We recognise the valid concern around diversity in video game narrative.
‘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.’
It said the game is developed by ‘a multicultural team of various faiths and beliefs’ and hopes this diversity is reflected in the settings for its games and characters.
This week, a petition entitled ‘Discontent at lack of representation in AC: Unity protagonists’ was set up on Change.org website. It has attracted more than 4,000 supporters.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is planned for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PCs on October 28.
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12 June 2014 | 10:12 pm – Source: metro.co.uk