The Assassin’s Creed franchise has had a long history of male main characters. Of the franchise’s 12 main games, only three featured a female playable character, and it wasn’t until 2018’s Odyssey that the female character could be the only option.
Both 2015’s Syndicate and 2017’s Origins featured playable female characters, but Evie Frye from Syndicate was all but pushed out of the game by the later half, and Origins’ Bayek was supposed to be replaced by his wife Aya, who players become for a limited number of sections.
It wasn’t until Odyssey that a female character could be the main lead, and so far it’s been the only game besides Liberation (which was released first on the PS Vita) where that was the case. Odyssey also featured a male character though, and this prompted Ubisoft to announce that the female character, Kassandra, was the canonical center of the story as opposed to her brother, who featured in all of the game’s promotional material.
It seems like Ubisoft has settled on the Odyssey approach for the rapidly approaching Valhalla though, in offering both male and female playable characters, but making sure to stay away from saying which one is the canonical Eivor.
This comes after IGN hosted adverts for the coming game, and Twitter user Access the Animus managed a screengrab, which prompted the game’s lead Narrative Director Darby McDevitt to clarify what the tooltip from the screengrab means.
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