Assassin’s Creed III’s setting “a bit of a pain” for female characters

Wednesday, 28th March 2012 01:55 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Creative director Alex Hutchinson has said Assassin’s Creed III’s American revolution setting blew any possibility of a female assassin as lead character.

When Kotaku asked Hutchinson about the possibility of a playable female lead in an Assassin’s Creed game, the developer revealed Ubisoft has given the matter some thought.

“It’s always up in the air. I think lots of people want it,” he said.

Unfortunately, Assassin’s Creed III won’t be the one to make it happen.

“In this period it’s been a bit of a pain. The history of the American Revolution is the history of men,” he said.

“There are a few people, like John Adams’ wife. They tried very hard in the TV series to not make it look like a bunch of dudes, but it really is a bunch of dudes.”

And while Ubisoft Montreal doesn’t mind deviating from history in its storytelling, it does feel the male-centricity of the period presents some basic mechanical problems.

“It felt like, if you had all these men in every scene and [a female assassin is] secretly, stealthily in crowds of dudes, it starts to feel kind of wrong. People would stop believing it,” Hutchison said.

The Assassin’s Creed series includes loads of female characters both good and villainous, many of which push the boundaries of historically acceptable behaviour in order to present as full-fledged characters. None have been playable, although the multiplayer component does include several playable female personas.

Assassin’s Creed III is expected in October on PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360.




  1. LOLshock94

    #1 3 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    You have 10 seconds to think of something that a woman has invented….

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Aimless

    @2 You, unfortunately.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. LOLshock94


    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94
    ^this is what woman were made for

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheWulf


    You mean like kevlar?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DarkElfa

    A female lead in Victorian England would be the way to go.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. jonahfalcon

    Note to Mr. Hutchinson: Being a woman in a man’s world is ripe with narrative possibilities. Ever play some unknown game called “No One Lives Forever”?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. jonahfalcon

    PS. Yeah, Ezio and Altair blend in… wearing a sword, a dagger, armor, etc. Somehow THEY fit in to the normal populace and a woman doesn’t?

    Oh, right. There were no women in the 1770′s.

    Or are you saying Washington or Franklin wouldn’t have paid mind to a woman? Ben Franklin, of all people?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. jonahfalcon

    And an additional comment: a Native American blends in with the populace of the Colonies more than a woman does? Seriously?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. endgame

    @4 Nice! :D Have you also read the comments? “Still a better love story than twilight”.. :)) Anyway I pretty much agree with you. And with Hutchinson. A woman would have no business in a game like this.

    @8, 9 and 10 No! Just, NO! No One Lives Forever or Mirror’s Edge yes but Assassin’s Creed.. No! And.. “narrative possibilities”? Really? Do you know what happens to some women in certain wars? Like this one? I won’t say it. I trust you are old enough to figure it out by yourself. Oh and you don’t know s**t about George Washington or Ben Franklin. Don’t pretend like you were they’re good friend or anything. One last thing, “a Native American blends in with the populace of the Colonies more than a woman does?” Do you realize that the said woman would also be a “Native American”? You’re not too bright I see. You’re just a tool. Pathetic loser..

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Gheritt White

    @ #7: I completely agree and that would make sense with the series’ continuity, too.

    I assume that after the American Revolution, Ubisoft will want to take the same lead character (Connor) to the French Revolution (it’s only 13 years later, so the chronology would fit perfectly). Following that up with another jump of about 100 years to the Victorian era with a female lead character would make perfect sense, especially when you consider facing Jack The Ripper as a woman would be far more thrilling than as a man.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. fightclubdoll

    The following (link) is an analysis of WOMEN IN REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENCAMPMENTS written by a man who actually did some research and does know his history unlike the Creative Director working on Assassin’s Creed 3. The studio’s excuses do not concur with reality.

    Clearly the presence of women was COMMON… better yet, it would not have drawn suspicion, UNLIKE some guy skulking around in a hood.

    They just don’t wish to admit that despite historical plausibility and significant demand, they simply don’t want girls in their little fort.
    Moreover, it is laughable to think of the studio making AC3 being somehow OBSESSED with credibility and historical accuracy. Pure BS.

    As I see it, if ABRAHAM LINCOLN can KILL VAMPIRES ..then there’s room in the FICTION of a video game for a playable female character.

    #13 3 years ago

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