Assassin’s Creed Unity: cosplayers protest lack of female characters

Monday, 14th July 2014 09:31 GMT By Matt Martin

Cosplayers have taken a swing at the lack of female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Spotted by Feminist Frequency at the Gaymer X con, these cosplayers took a funny dig at the suggestion by Ubisoft that female characters are too difficult to animate.


Assassin’s Creed Unity is due for release this October and is a new narrative start for the series.



  1. unacomn

    I love it when people that don’t understand an issue start protesting it. It makes me feel all smart and sad on the inside because we’ll never be able to have a rational constructive discussion and build a future based on mutual understanding where everyone is equally represented and never questioned when they decide to make the main character of a game a woman, man, or anything in between.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. YoungZer0


    Your logic is sexist.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. silkvg247

    Well, he’s made an assumption that they don’t understand the core issue, probably because they’re women. I’m just sayin’ ;)

    #3 6 months ago
  4. YoungZer0


    “probably because they’re women.”

    Yes, he’s the one who made the assumption. ;)

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    Act 10.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. dazedonthemoon

    Staying classy.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. CyberMarco

    Give it a rest already…

    First and foremost feminists should start criticizing “their kind” before blaming everyone and everything for what is wrong with society these days. You want equality and such, good I’ll root for you but please get a grasp on reality.

    Women are contributing to the problem as men do, we are all in at this game.

    First world problem I guess, now go and make me a sandwich woman!

    #7 6 months ago
  8. unacomn

    @silkvg247 I made the assumption because every damned site has been distorting the narrative, saying that Ubisoft “thinks” women are too hard to animate, and that’s why they aren’t in the game.

    Instead of “We put in the cheapest, fastest, tacked-on coop we could, where we just color swap the main character, because switching platforms has increased our workload a lot, and we couldn’t do a proper one that actually has different characters”. This should have been obvious since they axed the multiplayer as well.

    Also, thank you for underlining, by means of your assumption, why we can’t ever have an actual discussion about this sensitive subject.

    #8 6 months ago
  9. YoungZer0


    Ah, yes, Anita Sarkessian, the feminist version of Jack Thompson. Spreading misinformation and lies every step of her way.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    Two women cracking a joke over ubi’s pisspoor pr… Result?

    Misleadind clickbait headline… Normal.

    Usual menbabies pissing their nappies … Normal.

    #10 6 months ago
  11. silkvg247

    Come on guys, why so serious?

    @unacomn I think we all agree the main issue that they (Ubi) are lazy and there’s nothing sinister at play. My feathers were a bit ruffled at the start of all of this, and that’s mainly because the representatives of Ubisoft handled things so badly, suggesting that female avatars are “features”.

    As for the chicks in the pic, they still have a point don’t they? Whether it’s from laziness or it’s still a lousy move to exclude a gender and to instead, as you adequately put it, have a lazy palette swap of the main character. Too much work to retrofit old female assassin models, or use the female NPCs as a starting point, I guess.

    #11 6 months ago
  12. silkvg247

    Oooh I just discovered that if you use the tag symbols it gets rid of your text.. nice forum bug ;)

    Above should read
    “..Whether it’s from laziness or [insert excuse here]“

    #12 6 months ago
  13. Samurai

    Ubisoft should of just left it at “that’s the way the game is written”. Instead, they had to damage control.

    #13 6 months ago
  14. bradk825

    This is more of a PR mishap than sexism. Again, if anyone doesn’t deserve the target on their back for failing to provide diversity in games, it’s Ubisoft.

    If he had said “We made 1 basic character model, not four, and gave them different colours and facial hair” that would be that.

    #14 6 months ago
  15. SlayerGT

    @bradk825 I’m willing to bet the tech is the same as Watch Dog’s MP. Everyone most likely looks like the main character to themselves, and a different “man” to everyone else. No one complained Watch Dogs didn’t have female protagonist.. Makes it feel like gamer entitlement to me, with a set card being pulled.

    #15 6 months ago
  16. SlayerGT

    @SlayerGT sex card*

    #16 6 months ago
  17. Game Hunter

    Two women have shown their disappointment about the matter and it suddenly translates to “Protest”.clickbait article at its finest.

    #17 6 months ago

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