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