Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity creative director Alex Amancio has revealed some new information to Game Informer about Elise, the young Templar lass who protagonist Arnaud saved in her debut trailer. There are plenty of spoilers to be had in Amancio’s discussion about Elise so if you were hoping to be surprised, turn back now.
Elise is essentially the Juliet to Arnaud’s Romeo. Both characters have known each other from before but Elise has only recently learned that her family is with the Templars. She takes up the Templars’ cause while Arnaud fights for the Assassins, causing a conflict in their view points. Nonetheless, despite her demeanor, she’s strong and smart, especially when it comes to skewering enemies with a blade.
“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time. We felt that with this generation it was a good opportunity to crank it up a notch and have a story that’s a bit more serious and more mature.
“Love stories are always a hard thing in video games because ultimately they can very easily become a tangent. By making Elise a Templar and making that part of the core, it’s part of the actual struggle of the character. It prevents it from becoming a B-plot or a tangent.” Amancio described Elise as a “smart, intelligent, multi-layered character”.
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