But they “did their best” according to creative director Alex Hutchinson.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity isn’t the only game Ubisoft has received flak for being unable to implement female characters. Far Cry 4 creative director Alex Hutchinson recently told Polygon that they attempted to implement a playable female character into the upcoming open world shooter but it didn’t work out.
“It’s really depressing because we were inches away from having you be able to select a girl or a guy as your co-op buddy when you invite someone in. And it was purely a workload issue because we don’t have a female reading for the character, we don’t have all the animations, and so it was this weird issue where you could have a female model that walked and talked and jumped like a dude,” he added.
“I can guarantee you that in the future, moving forward, this sort of stuff will go away. As we get better technology and we plan for it in advance and we don’t have a history on one rig and all this sort of stuff. We had very strong voices on the team pushing for that and I really wanted to do it, we just couldn’t squeeze it in in time. But on the other hand we managed to get more of the other story characters to be women.
“We did our best. It’s frustrating for us as it is for everybody else, so it’s not a big switch that you can just pull and get it done.”
Far Cry 4 releases on November 18th for North America and Europe on Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and PC. Thoughts on the lack of playable female characters? Let us know below.