No female lead in Assassin's Creed III because American Revolution was "a man's world"
Posted: 28.03.2012 07:11 by Comments: 16
According to Ubisoft creative director Alex Hutchinson, the reason that the lead character in Assassin's Creed 3 is male is due to the setting of the game, and that the American Revolution "is the history of men".

Hutchinson stated that while having a female Assassin as the lead was "always up in the air" and that "lots of people want it," the period of time made it too difficult.

"There are a few people, like John Adams’ wife," said Hutchinson, "They tried very hard in the TV series to not make it look like a bunch of dudes, but it really is a bunch of dudes.”

Of course, the Assassin's Creed games have taken it a little fast and loose with history, but Hutchinson pointed out another barrier.

“It felt like, if you had all these men in every scene and (a female assassin is) secretly, stealthily in crowds of dudes, it starts to feel kind of wrong. People would stop believing it," though Altair and Ezio regularly walked around with an arsenal of weapons and armor and still didn't seem to stand out.

The 'woman in a man's world' theme has also been mined by videogames as well, such as the original No One Lives Forever.

Assassin's Creed 3 will be released in October 2012 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 28, 2012
What a silly argument, one would think that an assassin organization would only care about ability. And it's not like the previously covered periods were any more "girl friendly".
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Mar 28, 2012
And did they have female leads nocutius?

This makes perfect sense, you needed to be a man to get anywhere. It's not sexist, it's just true.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 28, 2012
It's a Sci-fi game not a documentary and there are tons of games where girls kick a ton of ass. Geishas would sometimes be used as assassins so women did have the ability to kill even in the past, and i'm sure there are plenty of examples in the western world as well.
So saying women could not be assassins cause it's was "a man's world" is just a bit off.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Mar 28, 2012
The whole point of the game is that you're reliving the memories of your ancestors isn't it? A little realism seems called for in the characters. You're never just an assassin, you have to move through the world and interact with it, something that would be objectively much harder to do as a woman in this era.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 28, 2012
"This makes perfect sense, you needed to be a man to get anywhere. It's not sexist, it's just true."

Wrong. Women make better assassins than men. Much better. For one, they go places where men can't go.

To say woman can't blend in means there's no women. Especially with attitudes that "women aren't killers". Until the assassin disguised as a maid cleaning your room slices your neck.

A man is more suspicious in that environment. Assassins kill best from where you DON'T expect it.

And are you saying none of Desmond's ancestors were women? :p
By Kres (SI Elite) on Mar 29, 2012
Females are just as vicious. If they had the same roles as men do, and as frequently enough, we'd be in the same *hit. :)
By raw_wog33 (SI Member) on Mar 29, 2012
It would sound cool for a girl assassin, but I sort of agree with Sir Roderick. Girls would be useful for collecting intelligence or something boring, but they would not stand a chance against a group of fighters (who are men).
By raw_wog33 (SI Member) on Mar 29, 2012
Especially in that period of time, women were looking forward to getting married or having tea parties than to getting sweaty while trying to kill someone (which we all know the girl would lose in such a situation).
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 29, 2012
That was true for the general society but an assassin organization would not be bound to those expectations. The only thing that matters is getting the job done and if the only way to kill a certain man is to send him a good looking woman then so it shall be done. Results above all.
By chiron (I just got here) on Mar 30, 2012
Thank you! So far this seems to be the only place where people aren't buying this nonsense. I have no issues with a game not having a female lead, my problem is that his argument is extremely flawed. There are PLENTY of women who have been assassins in history all over the world. Women are more likely to be overlook and underestimated which seems to be a requirement to be an assassin.
By Nobody41 (I just got here) on Apr 01, 2012
Word, this is just some shameless sexism displayed by Mr. Hutchinson. And those are lame excuses. A woman character could disguise herself as a man for certain missions, which would add an interesting layer to the gameplay. And Furthermore, this dude has a very poor grasp on history if he boils down the American Revolution to "a bunch of dudes". What a dickhead.
By Giichil (I just got here) on Apr 06, 2012
Nobody41 has a point. I'm sick of playing men as the assassin, it's the same shtick. There should have been two characters, and the time frame of this next one? It could be a Native American woman who learned from her tribe the ways of hunting. That's pretty close. She walks away from the tribe, she's hunted but evasive, etc.
"Altair and Ezio regularly walked around with an arsenal of weapons and armor and still didn't seem to stand out."
^I have an issue with that ridiculous comment. They 'didn't seem to stand out' because it was scripted that way. Visually? Yes, they stood out. I played Assassin's Creed 1, AC2, then Brotherhood constantly thinking "How could any fool buy that this priest (vow of nonviolence) has a sword and dagger dangling from his waist? I actually played AC2 by attracting the huge knights that knock your sword out of your hand, and then ran away so it would look better.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Apr 06, 2012
Can I officially announce my suspicion that the three accounts above me belong to the same person?
By Kres (SI Elite) on Apr 07, 2012
@Roderick: No you should not :p
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Apr 07, 2012
Then I won't :)
By AKI355 (I just got here) on Jun 02, 2012
Oh come on, it would be soo sick having a female protagonist! But this is me being bias- i am a girl, and i would love to play as a girl. i mean if we could choose, then what's it matter? guys, you can play your preferred male lead, and anyone who wants to try playing a female would be open to that option as well. Total win win situation. Plus, I'm sure they could make it work with a female lead; there's ton's to go off on. :)