Assassin’s Creed developer Ubisoft this year is releasing the series’ most inclusive entry to date with Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. Not only will the game include a playable woman assassin (above), it’ll feature a minor character who is transgender.
Eurogamer reports that Syndicate players will meet Ned Wynert, a trans male character who is among the people who will give you missions as you work through the game. It’s the first time a transgender character has appeared in the long-running franchise, which is now on its ninth game in the main series and 22nd title overall.
Last year, Ubisoft found itself embroiled in a controversy when players complained that Assassin’s Creed Unity, which features multiple characters and can be played cooperatively with four players, didn’t feature any female assassins. A Ubisoft developer somewhat infamously said that it was too much work to animate women, and it came out that the company had been working on the option to play as a woman character and had scrapped it.
The Eurogamer report notes that while it might seem like including a transgender character is Ubisoft swinging the pendulum hard in the other direction in response to last year’s complaints, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Wynert’s gender doesn’t seem to be a point of the story concerning him, nor is he part of any marketing for the game. There’s also some notable history of trans people in Victorian London, making Wynert’s role in the game in keeping with the series’ focus on its historical settings.
Ubisoft has also dropped a new trailer highlighting some of Syndicate’s overarching story, which gives more or a sense of interplay between the game’s two protagonists, Jacob and Evie Frye. Watch it below.