In response to Ubisoft’s decision to not include a lead female protagonist in Assassin’s Creed: Unity, fans have created a petition detailing their discontent at lack of female representation within the game.
Originally posted on change.org, the petition has currently attracted a total of 4,478 signatures, a figure which is steadily increasing and is just shy of reaching its target goal of 5,000 supporters.
As previously reported on MotoringCrunch, Ubisoft creative Director Alex Amancio cited the extra production work involved in creating a female character as the main reason for sticking to the current assembly of four male assassins. Despite Amancio’s defensive standpoint, fans have become united in the belief that representation of both female players and people of colour is important:
“We believe that the Assassin’s Creed series, a franchise with infinite scope, does not reflect the needs of its demographic well enough.”
In an official statement, Unisoft has explained to Kotaku that the team behind Assassin’s Creed is a multicultural team of many faiths and beliefs, and as such are committed to reflecting that diversity in both AC games and characters. We are yet to hear Ubisoft’s response to the petition.
Is it time that we had a femme-fatale commandeering a ship in the Assassin’s Creed series? Let us know in the comments below.