No Girls Allowed
Even with all the Ubisoft Forwards, new games, remakes, and re-releases that Ubisoft has been building up, there is still the stark reality of sexism looming over the company. Since before the first Ubisoft Forward this year, the company has been plagued with accusations of sexual misconduct in the workplace and that even spilled into the games they were making. For instance, the Assassin’s Creed games would have more heavily featured women if not for Ubisoft executives. More recently, Ubisoft released an Assassin’s Creed compilation video of all masters of the hidden blade. Well… not all masters.
For the day that this video was up, fans noticed a certain group that was not featured in this compilation. You had Altïar, Ezio, Connor, all the way up to Bayek and male Eivor, but there were no women. Not that there aren’t any, but it was almost as if they were intentionally excluded. A couple of days ago, the video was reuploaded with a few more faces. We now see Shao Jun from Assassin’s Creed Chronicles, my girl Aveline de Grandpré from Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, Evie Frye from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Layla Hassan and Aya from Assassin’s Creed Origins, and both versions of Eivor from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in a splitscreen.
We clearly missed some great assassins in this video, and we apologise. We’ve updated the asset to highlight ALL the assassins who master the hidden blade. Thanks to our passionate community for their input. pic.twitter.com/xqzL9Cd2yn
— Assassins Creed UK (@Assassins_UK) September 22, 2020
The new video was accompanied with the message: “We clearly missed some great assassins in this video, and we apologise. We’ve updated the asset to highlight ALL the assassins who master the hidden blade. Thanks to our passionate community for their input.” Obviously, we are pleased to see the awesome female Assassins, but should the fans really have to point it out every time? Having to constantly be on Ubisoft’s back is a little exhausting for fans.
Do you think leaving women out of the first video was intentional? Let us know in the comments below.