Assassin’s Creed III might be ready to challenge some of the series’ core elements, like the reliance on a city landscape, but those who were hoping to maybe get a section with a playable female assassin need to wait for a future game in the same series.
Alex Hutchinson, the creative director working on Assassin’s Creed III at Ubisoft, admits to Kotaku, “It’s always up in the air. I think lots of people want it. In this period it’s been a bit of a pain. The history of the American Revolution is the history of men.
“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.”
The developer says that in such a male-dominated society, it would be hard for a female assassin to stalk her prey and that would lead to the collapse of the suspension of disbelief that gaming relies on.
Hutchinson added, “It felt like, if you had all these men in every scene and secretly, stealthily in crowds of dudes, it starts to feel kind of wrong. People would stop believing it.”
The multiplayer component of the Assassin’s Creed titles has recently offered female characters for players to enjoy, which means that the fiction of the game admits that their existence is a possibility, but the story sections of the game have never allowed control of one.
This does not make the Assassin’s Creed series misogynist in any way as the developers at Ubisoft have included a number of strong female characters that play important roles in the stories and that often act with more bravery and intelligence than their male counterparts.
The new Assassin’s Creed video game will be launched on the PC, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 during October and a Nintendo Wii U version is also in development.