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Ubisoft Explains Why ACIV Features Another Male Protagonist

There were some rumors that the next hero in the esteemed Assassin's Creed franchise would be a woman.

Actually, we already got a solid female protagonist in last year's Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (Aveline) but apparently, that's not enough for some people. They also wanted to see a female lead role in a mainline AC entry.

However, while Ubisoft doesn't dismiss the idea, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail told IGN that in fact, they had planned for some time to continue the Kenway character arc. And they couldn't really change that direction:

"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. ...we actually never thought, 'could this be a woman?'"

Furthermore, Ismail made the obvious observation that there were few famous female pirates and after all, piracy is the central theme of the new series installment. However, moving forward, Ismail said "it wouldn't be surprising" to see a female assassin in a mainline AC. It's just that for ACIV, "it was always Edward." We've known for a while that Ubisoft teams have been penning the stories for each new title well in advance, so this information is expected.

Tags: assassins creed iv black flag, assassins creed 4, ubisoft, assassins creed iii liberation

3/4/2013 9:30:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 04, 2013 @ 10:22:48 PM
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Yeah that's no big deal, though the female pirate stories are actually some of the best. I'm not a series follower but it as an outsider it seems kind of strange that it's gone from stuff like Jerusalem and Venice to pirates on the high seas so quickly.

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Knightzane
Monday, March 04, 2013 @ 10:47:00 PM
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Not to sound sexist but i don't really want to play as a female in Assassins Creed. I liked Liberations, but i feel as though the main series should stick to being male protagonists. I think to like, what if Ezio was actually Ezia. Something like Tomb Raider (great game by the way) makes sense being female. I don't know but i know i probably made someone mad. Hopefully someone will understand what i mean though.

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Axe99
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 12:31:37 AM

Not really - Tomb Raider centred around one character (Lara Croft), so unless she had an operation, then it's always going to have a female lead. I wouldn't mind if Mirror's Edge had a male lead in a sequel, say (although I liked the character of Faith, so would prefer she returned), and there's nothing in the AC lore that precludes female Assassin's - on the contrary, there's a number of them. Plus, assassination and fighting the Templars very rarely involves having babies, so I'm not sure it matters greatly whether the protagonist is male or female.

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firesoul453
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 10:12:22 AM

The problem with being a female in liberations is that you have to play parts of the games in the extremely limiting dress, not that your female.

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booze925
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 12:27:49 AM
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Not to sound like a broken record, but the female assassin from Assassin's Creed: Embers seems like a very solid choice for an installment set in China.

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 1:29:34 AM

They'll never do one in china or japan...to obvious!

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 1:35:18 AM
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The only upside for playing as a female character is getting to see her arse as she jumps from rooftop to rooftop,but they'll dress her in some knee length leather trench coat getup with hood and all so whats the point.

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FxTales
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 2:25:13 AM
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The comments here are a lot more tame than over at ign concerning a female protagonist.

A higher rated comment read as "The only thing women should assassinate is laundry and dishes". Nothing much has changed.

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JROD0823
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 3:04:04 AM
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I really don't see how anyone could possibly come up with a logical reason why NOT to have a female protagonist in a mainline AC entry.

A well done female lead would be just as physically capable as a male lead, and if the personality is done right, a female lead can be just as entertaining to play as too.

Playing as a female lead could also open up new gameplay options that have the possibility of allowing for more diverse and creative approaches to how assassinations or other missions are performed.

Plus, a female lead wouldn't be hard on the eyes either.

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 4:05:35 AM

Most females assassins used a combo of sex & poison or a blade/needle to the neck of their sleeping target...at least the female shinobi did.
Although a modern day setting would even things out as women are rightly treated equal...well in some countries at least.

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FxTales
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 4:15:13 AM

So far from what I've gathered the popular arguments against a female lead is they lack the strength of a man (in all fairness this is true). Yet this can be forgiven since this series exaggerates a lot in the way of physical abilities (Can people really climb tall structures THAT fast?).

Another point was guys said they can't relate to a female and/or don't want to. Thirdly they just don't want a female lead altogether.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 11:25:50 AM

For the amount of time we spend staring at the back side of these characters running around, I wouldn't mind spending all those hours watching a lady. Now that is something guy gamers should be able to relate to.

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TheCanadianGuy
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 9:14:37 AM
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i'm surprised how quick they're already advertising it. i saw the commercial for it like 5 times during monday night raw last night.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 10:24:14 AM
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... so this means that the NEXT AC features a female protagonist? Sweet!

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