E3 2018: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Allows You To Play As A Man Or Woman

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The Assassin's Creed universe has a penchant for male protagonists, but Assassin's Creed Odyssey is looking to break from tradition again. For the second time in one of the series' core titles, players will be able to play as a female character if they so please, Ubisoft revealed during its E3 press conference.

Unlike the forced switching of sibling protagonists Evie and Jacob Frye throughout the story of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Assassin's Creed Oydssey will let you choose between one of its protagonists, Alexios or Kassandra, to play for the entirety of the game.

Playing as either Alexios or Kassandra will not affect the story or gameplay. However, both characters will have different voice actors and character models, similar to how the male and female Commander Shepards were treated in Mass Effect.

Kassandra is hardly the first female playable protagonist in the franchise's history; however, many of those female characters have been featured in smaller spin-off titles. Evie Frye was the first to be featured in a core title, but Aveline De Grandpré, from Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, was the first playable female character ever in the AC universe. Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China also featured a playable female assassin, Shao Jun. However, Kassandra will be the first playable female lead for the entirety of a mainline Assassin's Creed entry.

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Had this game took place in ancient Rome, the protagonists should be named Alexius (male) and Alexia (female), as Roman women are named after the "nomen" (second part of ancient Roman citizen's name) of their father's name.

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That's ok but they should remove dialog choices and decisions from the game. This still needs to be an Assassin's Creed game, Which means they need to tell a story that already happened

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Sounds good to me. A shame that those who only own a Switch will miss out on yet another potential AAA third-party title though. This won't affect me personally since I have an Xbox One, but the Nintendo fanatic in me is relentless.

If a bunch of DLC comes out on the same day, I'll probably wait until I can get an ultimate edition on sale for about $60 like I did with Assassin's Creed Origins. I know that sounds like being a cheapskate with an entitlement complex, but one thing I really hate is knowing that I'm playing a game with day-1 content being locked off unless I shell out extra. I mostly avoid online-only games for a similar reason.

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Pfft. They should've had different stories for each character. That would've offered us a chance to WANT to replay the thing.

Missed opportunity.

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@teppolundgren: Agreed. They should have done that instead of going full RPG with dialog options and decisions

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@teppolundgren: So they should have just made two games?

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@Mogan: No.Either 2 separate campaigns as part of the same game, or, as is more traditional, the same story seen from 2 different points of view. A bit like the Ada missions in Resident Evil, but both the same length.

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Is everyone ignoring AC Liberation? It may be started as a tablet game, but it got a full enhanced PC release soon after.

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@TehMasterer2: I'm guessing they're not including the side games in "core titles." I think at least one of the side scrollers had a female PC too.

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@Mogan: did we read the same article? The last paragraph is all about Aveline and Shao Jun.

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Who cares; ignore the female character if it bothers you (I will as it is just immersion breaking).

This subject seems more like a distraction from the real issues; is the game still filled with filler quests and is the combat still poor against multiple enemies? How will stealth be improved upon the level system?

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I don't mind because they both have great designs. I don't like it when characters get obviously shoehorned because I feel it should be up to the devs what they want to make. But this is clearly a great job by Ubisoft, I am all for it when it's legitimately what the devs wanted to make. Kassandra seems to me like a legit AC protagonist.

This game looks like it'll be one of the better games that showed up at E3 2018. I look forward to playing AC Odyssey this fall!

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The fact that they’re doing this just for the sake of inclusivity is pretty stupid. Do people honestly get upset if there’s no option to choose a female lead? Next, they’ll start giving the option to choose your character’s sexual preference, even though it will make zero difference in games.

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@Daveof89: I dislike it when games and "politics" mix but in this case I really don't think that's what happened. Kassandra doesn't have that unmistakable "designed by corporate committee" vibe, the kind you can't miss when a game makes conscious choice to promote political agenda over creative design. I don't think there was any forced "inclusivity" here.

I like good character designs so I'm cool with this. FF is in a downward spiral so we aren't getting cool characters from them anymore. Who knows when VII Remake will appear?

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@kobethedogg1: Agreed. Sounds like he is just making assumptions so that he can whine about it.

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@Daveof89: It kind of does matter because that's how it usually is in many RPGs (making or choosing your character). Since this AC is an RPG, it only made sense to move away from the previous AC games and introduce something significant in terms of character choice.

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@ahsanh: Agreed. And honestly I feel this is a smart call by Ubisoft. After all Bethesda's Fallout 76 is going to be a online centered experience which is going to entail a major dialing back on RPG features, even compared to Fallout 4.

AC Odyssey is gonna help fill a void left by 76 and I think it's going to do well

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And a bunch of neckbeards started moaning in their caves, upset about this optional feature, in a fantasy game.

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@Orontes13:

So the best way to end bullying is to do some bullying yourself? Let's end prejudices by throwing more prejudices out into the world.

I don't think that will work, dude.

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@Orontes13: Is your only response to the criticism of this decision gross generalizations and insults? You've posted a bunch on this page and not once have you replied sensibly to legitimate arguments.

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@Orontes13: Nonsense. Assassin's Creed is very real. In fact, I've got an Animus in my garage.

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I really enjoyed origins, and this looks interesting, however I will wait and play RDR2 before picking this up.

They would have been better relating this into next year.

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@barcaazul: I feel the opposite way like I'll get Odyssey first, though it's possible next year could have been better since I think the year off really helped AC Origins. Gotta wait and see how RDR2 will turn out. I'm concerned Rockstar will prioritize online before single player and try to give RDR2 a GTA Online style mode. Hopefully single player will still be awesome.

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@kobethedogg1:

I think another is too soon for me. Like I said I really enjoyed origins, but played it to platinum.

I'm pretty sure that the single player in RDR will be substantial. It would kill future sales of thier games of not and it looks to be a vast open world.

Either way we will both get one of them cheaper though.

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@barcaazul: I hope you're right as the first RDR was awesome, I just feel worried they might try going all-in on a Red Dead Online mode based on GTA Online to try and get rich again on Wild West Shark Cards.

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@kobethedogg1:

Me too, it was probably my game of the last gen.

I think they will have a big online focus, but I also think the core game will be huge. Story DLC is where we may or may not see focus.

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@barcaazul: I just hope they don't pull a GTA V and cancel story DLC in favor of online mode to sell more Shark Cards.

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@kobethedogg1:

I wouldn't bet against it, plus the original didn't really have story DLC, it was undead nightmare

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OK, I've had a second to think about this & I see a problem.

First off, I have no problem with the option of playing a female - yay, diversity. The issue is in the lore. If you're in the Animus, living through an ancestor's memories, who did this stuff? Was it Alexios or Kassandra? In Syndicate both Jacob & Evie were there & "existed" so it kind of made sense. In Origins, *spoiler?* the player switched between Bayek & his wife - again, they both existed in the lore & did separate things. This upcoming game looks like it's going to *expletive deleted* all over the lore for the sake of this feature. Unless this is a co-op adventure (please, no) and both characters are actually present in the story, it kinda breaks the lore they've spent the last decade building up.

If a game doesn't take it's own lore seriously, how am I supposed to? maybe I'm looking too deep but they're asking us to engage with the story, don't blame me for paying attention.

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@bbq_R0ADK1LL: Alexios and Kassandra are meant to represent the same person. It's your choice as to which one is the ancestor. I see your point about lore breaking and how that could potentially mess up the story later down the road, but the story won't change no matter which one you decide to play as, since in theory, they're the same person!

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@astrawhun: Yeah, I don't think that explains it. Most people don't get to choose who their ancestors were.

I think it's cool, I might even play as Kassandra but it's lore-breaking in a way the series hasn't done before.

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@astrawhun: Sounds good to me. Coming from someone who took a break from AC but think I'll come back to play this and maybe pick up Origins too.

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Thanks Ubisoft I’m fed up

Playing man so when buy game I play as women in game . But I wish come out next year because feel need more time with this new AC game like polish up more . Oh well be buying it then get RDR2 .

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Thank you ubisoft for giving players this option. More games should do this. Of course the snowflake purist gamer nerds will cry about this. Want historical accuracy? Go read a book and dont turn to video games for history lessons.

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@OaklandRaiderz: Read a book? Good joke. If they had such comprehension skills they would not be living jobless in a basement.

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