The Last of Us star Ashley Johnson has strong words for Ubisoft on its failure to provide a playable female character in the core Assassin’s Creed series.
Johnson, whose The Last of Us performance netted her a Bafta, is an experienced voice actor and well aware of what roles are available to women in video games.
Speaking to VideoGamer, Johnson said there isn’t enough diversity in women’s roles.
“I’m sort of coming at this as an actress but also as a female gamer,” she said.
“Assassin’s Creed: Unity is a great example of when I saw the gameplay and saw that [in] their multiplayer you do not have the option to play as a female.
“I was like, ‘Give me a fucking break! It’s 2014! How many video games do you have to make to realise maybe have an option to have a female be in there?’ And maybe not just on PS Vita.
“But it did make me upset. There are so many female gamers. I don’t know what the percentage is at this point but there are a lot of females that play video games and it would be nice to see stronger females in a game that are not just the damsel in distress, the love interest or she’s oversexualised.
“She doesn’t even necessarily have to be a badass. Just like a normal female character.”
Johnson also said video games in general need to step up and provide better characterisation and narrative, so that male roles are more fulfilling, too.