Ubisoft was taken to task for not having playable female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity. Their explanation makes sense on a technical level, but is also kind of unacceptable.
System resources is apparently the reason why they’re not pulling through with it. It was definitely in the plans, but when they looked at the amount of work required, they decided it was untenable and pulled the plug on it.
To be clear, I’m not talking about the work needed from the devs to make it, but from the game systems to render these characters completely. Ubisoft added a high level of customization to the characters, and with female characters, the amount of custom options, and stuff needed to render, multiplies.
Furthermore, Ubisoft used an interesting system for multiplayer, which allows you to see yourself as the main character, but other players as other characters, similar to Watch Dogs.
Obviously, even if this were the case, it looks bad on Ubi to be making a high profile title and omit female characters out. Personally, I think Ubi should scale everything down to make this a possibility, or perhaps adapt female character appearances to make it easier. It’s certainly done them no favors on the PR department.
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