Ubisoft, Just Succumb And Give Us A Female
Obviously, people are never going to shut up about this. But don't worry, Ubisoft, I've got good news: The fix couldn't be simpler.
Just put a female character in Assassin's Creed: Unity. See? Wasn't so hard.
Doesn't have to be a major character. You could even add it via DLC later on but it better be free, or people will go positively apesh**. Look, I will never believe that artists should be forced to do something in the interest of political or so-called social correctness; that's just another form of control and censorship, as far as I'm concerned. But my thoughts on the issue are irrelevant; Ubisoft is facing is a PR issue here and unfortunately, there's only one way to deal with it.
You won't win this one, guys. When it comes to such issues, you never will. Just bite the bullet and give everyone what they want, so everyone can start feeling all warm and fuzzy again. Personally, if Crystal Dynamics made the next Tomb Raider and didn't offer any playable male avatars in the multiplayer portion, I wouldn't blink an eye. Sure, great, fine, don't care one way or the other. As far as the inclusion of female characters in video game narratives: If she fits, put 'er in. If not, don't. It's really that simple in my eyes.
But you can't win this war, Ubisoft. It doesn't help that you had sort of a lame reply when people called you out on it, so just make everyone happy. Oh, I know, you can't make everyone happy, but at least you can appease the extremely vocal attackers out there.
7/18/2014 Ben Dutka