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Assassin's Creed III female hero would be a 'pain,' says developer

Creative director on upcoming stealth action game says American Revolution is "the history of men"; having a female assassin among men would "feel kind of wrong."


Ubisoft steered clear of making the Assassin's Creed III protagonist a female character because the game's setting is not a strong match, according to creative director Alex Hutchinson. Speaking to Kotaku, Hutchinson said the American Revolution time period is all about men.

Connor is the hero of Assassin's Creed III. He is a man.
Connor is the hero of Assassin's Creed III. He is a man.

"It's always up in the air," Hutchinson said. "I think lots of people want it, [but] in this period it's been a bit of a pain. The history of the American Revolution is the history of men."

"There are a few people, like John Adams' wife, [Abigail]--they tried very hard in the [HBO series John Adams] to not make it look like a bunch of dudes, but it really is a bunch of dudes," he added.

The Assassin's Creed franchise has bent the books of history before, but Hutchinson admitted that doing so in Assassin's Creed III could be problematic.

"It felt like, if you had all these men in every scene and you're secretly, stealthily in crowds of dudes [as a female assassin], it starts to feel kind of wrong," he said. "People would stop believing it."

Assassin's Creed III is due out in North America on October 30 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U, with a European release slated for Halloween. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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