Kassandra Was Supposed to Be the Only Playable Character in Ubisoft's ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY
According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, both Assassin's Creed Origins and Assassin's Creed Odyssey were supposed to be two totally different titles from a narrative perspective, starring strong female protagonists.
It turns out that Bayek's rebellious wife, Aya, was the main hero of 2017's Assassin's Creed Origins before the higher-ups at Ubisoft — including former Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët — forced the team at Ubisoft Montreal to significantly shrink her role. In the developers' original vision, Bayek was going to get seriously injured — or even killed off — early in the story, with Aya taking the reins from her wounded/dead husband.
Ubisoft Montreal was not the only victim of Hascoët's narrow-mindedness — driven by the belief that a woman on the cover usually doesn't sell games (vide 2009's Bayonetta, 2013's Tomb Raider, 2017's Horizon Zero Dawn...) — as Ubisoft Quebec has tried to make a female hero the centre of their games twice so far.
Originally, the role of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate's female deuteragonist — Jacob's siter, Evie — was much bigger, as the Canadian developer was initially trying to create a nice balance between the twins' missions and playable segments, before shifting their focus (almost entirely) on the male Assassin. More recently, Ubi Quebec wanted Kassandra to be the only playable character in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, with her brother, Alexios, being the title's main villain — but the studio ultimately settled on a Bioware-esque approach and allowed players to choose the gender of their character (with the other sibling being the bad guy [or gal]).
The upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla will also follow in the footsteps of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, giving gamers a chance to play as either a male or female character, Eivor. In the end, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation's Aveline de Grandpré remains the only definitive female protagonist in the long-running series.
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