Assassin’s Creed Origins will include a playable female character, Ubisoft confirms. Although Bayek is the main character in the Egypt-set adventure, some parts of the open-world game will lets players be a female protagonist as well.
Earlier this week Ubisoft revealed a new Assassin’s Creed Origins trailer, teasing Cleopatra’s inclusion in the game.
Assassin’s Creed Origins Playable Female Character Confirmed
Speaking to Game Informer at Gamescom 2017, game director Ashraf Ismail confirmed that Bayek’s wife Aya will be playable in certain missions in the game. Ismail explains that:
“It is primarily Bayek’s story and journey, and this is the decision we had made because it was what we came to in terms of when we were building this experience, the narrative, the gameplay, this is the experience we wanted to create.
So, it was a choice that we made [not to split the campaign]. Having said that, we have other playable characters, we’re just not yet announcing who they are.”
Assassin’s Creed Origins becomes the second main series entry to star multiple protagonists, as Assassin’s Creed Syndicate starred female protagonist Evie alongside her brother Jacob. And although it’s unclear how many missions will allow players to be Aya, the character seems to feature heavily throughout the game’s story, as she even introduces Bayek to Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
But not everyone is so thrilled about Aya’s inclusion in the game. The controversy surrounding Assassin’s Creed Unity‘s lack of female characters may have happened in 2014 but it still feels fresh in people’s minds. Despite Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot calling the company a ‘pioneer’ when it comes to diversity and female characters and suggesting that the Unity situation was a one-off, many female gamers in particular remain unconvinced that Ubisoft has their best interests at heart.
Many are also wondering when the Assassin’s Creed franchise will feature a sole female protagonist in a main game. Female assassins have starred in their own spin-offs (Liberation HD and Chronicles: China) but fans are still waiting with baited breath for a woman to get the main stage spotlight, without playing second fiddle to a male lead.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be released on October 27 for Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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