Last of Us Actress Angry Over Lack of Female Characters in Assassins Creed:Unity

Ashley Johnson, the actress known for playing Ellie in The Last of Us(who won a BAFTA for the role) shared her opinion on the lack of female characters in the upcoming Ubisoft title Assassins Creed: Unity.

“Assassin’s Creed: Unity is a great example of when I saw the gameplay and saw that [in] their multiplayer you do not have the option to play as a female. I was like, ‘Give me a fucking break! It’s 2014! How many video games do you have to make to realize maybe have an option to have a female be in there?’ And maybe not just on PS Vita.” Johnson told VIDEOGAMER.COM

Johnson went on to say that it would be “nice” to see stronger female characters in games that are not just the love interest or the damsel in distress.

Troy baker, who plays Joel in The Last of Us, also weighed in on the topic stating “What I don’t want to see happen is have the obligatory female character in there because that’s what marketing says we need to have,” he said. “I think that’s almost even more disrespectful than not having women in the game.”

During E3, Ubisoft was criticized for their decision to not include a female character in the game. “A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes,” technical director James Therien told “It would have doubled the work on those things. And I mean it’s something the team really wanted, but we had to make a decision… It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality of game development.”

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemo responded to the controversy stating that the company is working to “extend” more diversity for future games.

Assassins Creed 3: Liberation, does feature a female protagonist named Aveline de Grandpré.


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