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Ubisoft blocked Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Odyssey from having only female leads

A high position of Ubisoft prevented the last three installments of the saga Assassin’s Creed They had female characters with more importance in the plot and gameplay. This has been revealed by an extensive article by the journalist Jason Schreier which has been published in Bloomberg this afternoon.

Schreier explains in his text that Serge Hascot, a Ubisoft veteran in charge of the creative direction of many of his video games, He used his influence to prevent female characters from having the importance that development teams had planned for them.. The first title mentioned is Assassins Creed: Syndicate, the delivery set in Victorian London: Hascot pushed for Evie, the game’s co-protagonist sister, was less important than Jacob, her brother.

In the next installment, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, the development team planned to hurt or kill Bayek’s character and replace him with Aya, His couple. This change was to be made at the beginning of the game, the plot of which will be starring Aya almost entirely. The directive also frustrated these plans and reduced the appearance of the female character, giving Bayek full prominence.

Finally, in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey You also wanted to do something similar. The idea was to propose a video game with a single protagonist: Kassandra was going to be the only protagonist of the game, but from above they were told that “that was not an option” and they had to add Alexios, a second male protagonist. Players can now choose between either, while the one that has not been selected becomes part of the villainous cult of history.

All of these limitations came from the Ubisoft or Serge Hascot marketing team in person and always the reason they gave was that a video game with a female lead “won’t sell”, according to sources in Jason Schreier’s article. Some workers denounce in the report that sometimes they feel pressured to put strong male characters to please Hascot and avoid problems with him.

Guillemot promised changes at Ubisoft after sexual harassment allegations

Serge Hascot resigned last month after crowds of workers denounce alyand other senior Ubisoft charges of sexual harassment of employees and misconduct in the workplace. Yves guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft and Hascot’s partner since the 1980s, said recently that the company is working to change the human resources department, which will have covered the complaints of employees during all these years.

The next game in the saga, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, also have two interchangeable main characters: Eivor is the protagonist of the story and the players will be able to choose if they want it to be male or female, even change it during the game at any time. Assassins Creed: Valhalla will go on sale on November 17 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, although they will also have versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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