Assassin’s Creed: female lead “wouldn’t be surprising”

Monday, 4th March 2013 22:43 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag’s director has said he won’t be shocked if a future flagship game features a female protagonist.

“I would say it wouldn’t be surprising to see a female assassin coming up in a mainline Assassin’s Creed,” Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail told IGN.

Assassin’s Creed 4 was not the right place, though, because of its historic setting.

“From the pirate perspective, there were a few famous women pirates. But it wasn’t common. So we didn’t want that element to be a detail people got stuck on,” he said.

It’s amazing how comfortably people accept Ubisoft’s fiddling with history as long as it doesn’t cross gender lines, but okay – let’s accept it. It’s this next bit that really bothers me:

“Really early on, we decided to tell the story of the Kenways. So we already had in place the idea to tell Edward, Haytham, and Connor. This was actually years ago, we had this. We actually never thought, ‘could this be a woman?’” Ismail added.

Never actually thought. No, no, why would you? It’s hard.

Well anyway, enough editorialising; Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is about a dude and that’s that. Go see the first and second trailers; read Stace’s impressions and Sam’s video from the London preview event; and check out Dave’s thoughts on the series’ annual iterations.



  1. salarta

    I’ve actually joked with someone I know online about how it seems a female protagonist is somehow impossible.

    I think the reason it doesn’t come up is because they’ve been using Desmond as a vessel. Desmond being the vessel means that him using the Animus to live through the life of a woman comes with him crossing gender lines from male to female in his gender identity, so the question becomes whether Desmond experiences what it means to be a woman or to an extent merely turns into a man in a woman’s body.

    This could make for a fascinating game, but I don’t think it’s something Ubisoft wants to handle, as we saw with how they approached Aveline. One part of it is potentially lack of interest on their part, but another aspect is the risk of unintentionally insulting any or all of the genders and sexualities. I’m pretty sure the corporate side would consider that far too risky to let go forward. Video game companies in past generations probably would’ve gone ahead with it despite the risk, but then video game companies of past generations would be doing a lot of things differently if it didn’t have the whole Hollywoodization effect. DmC and Tomb Raider would never have been “rebooted” in the fashion that’s been forced on those franchises for starters.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Rafa_L

    I’m quite bored with the “safe” choices of protagonists and stereotypes in games. I wish for much more diversity. But then again, even here in VG247 I often read comments about “big bouncing boobs” when talking about women. I find it sad.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Vice

    Not only it wouldn’t be surprising, it shoulda been f*ng done LONG AGO! How many more generic boring male leads they gonna throw at us? Fems at least have some parts to look at, male characters bring NOTHING.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    It’d be cool if they made a female lead use her assets strategically. I mean seduce the target then garotte them kinda thing.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The Dude

    @4 That’s a nice idea actually, but I bet the game journalist community would tear them to shreds for that!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    Well I’m a woman and that’s what I’d do if I were an assassin.

    #6 2 years ago

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