Although the PS Vita recently saw an Assassin’s Creed game starring a female lead in the form of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, we still haven’t seen a ‘mainline’ console entry in the series featuring a lady protagonist. Today, Ubisoft have stated that they’ll definitely considering such an opportunity in the future.
In an interview with IGN, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail explained why the upcoming pirate-themed game won’t feature a woman protagonist as well as why we may see one in a future game in the series:
“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 [idea]… So in the grand scheme of the Assassin’s Creed III and Black Flag era… we actually never thought, ‘could this be a woman?’
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.
I would say it wouldn’t be surprising to see a female assassin coming up in a mainline Assassin’s Creed… But for us, for AC4, it was always Edward.”
It could definitely be argued that publishers aren’t willing to take the risk of featuring a female protagonist in a big-budget game. Ubisoft has already experienced such a dilemma with 2003’s Beyond Good & Evil, which underperformed due to several marketing reasons, one of which they stated may have been the protagonist, Jade.
I definitely won’t try to diverge into some sort of lecture here, but perhaps as we progress into more enlightened years and see more successful female-lead games like the just-released Tomb Raider reboot, the occurrence of a female protagonist in a game won’t be such a rare one.
What do you think, single-players? Are there any particular eras you’d like to see a female protagonist in? Let us know, and stay tuned for more news on the Assassin’s Creed series here at OnlySP.