At E3 2014 Ubisoft showed off the new four player co-op mode for Assassin’s Creed Unity. It was soon noticed that there were no playable female characters. This led to criticism which increased exponentially more once Unity’s director Alex Amancio said that female characters had been cut from the game because of the lack of resources needed to include them. The developer behind Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive takes a subtle jab at Ubisoft in its new gameplay footage by explaining its commitment to “self-expression.”
Insomniac Games published a video earlier this week, focusing on how Sunset Overdrive lets players create whatever character they want. It shows off this ability by including in the footage a playable female character that’s dressed up as Ezio from Assassin’s Creed 2 and Brotherhood.
During the footage the “Can you play as a female character?” question is asked, the presenter replies in the affirmative. “You can be female,” the presenter says, also explaining how its possible to choose between different skin tones, different body types and gender neutral clothing. ”So if you want to be a dude in a skirt, you can be a dude in a skirt.”
Amancio later responded to the criticism over the lack of playable female characters in Unity by saying that while its a noble cause, he doesn’t think its relevant in the case of this particular title. Both Assassin’s Creed Unity and Sunset Overdrive will be released in North America on the same day, October 28th, 2014.
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