In an IGN interview, Black Flag’s director, Ashraf Ismail, replied to the question of why players have only seen men in the leading roles of the Assassin’s Creed series. “It’s a bit of a tough question. Really early on, we decided to tell the story of the Kenways. So we already had in place the idea to tell Edward, Haytham, and Connor. This was actually years ago, we had this,” Ismail explained. ‘So in the grand scheme of the Assassin’s Creed III and Black Flag era, “we actually never thought, ‘could this be a woman?'”
In addition, Ismail explained that “from the pirate perspective, there were a few famous women pirates. But it wasn’t common. So we didn’t want that element to be a detail people got stuck on.”
In answering the question of what’s the future of Assassin’s Creed protagonists,he said that: it wouldn’t be surprising to see a female assassin coming up in a mainline Assassin’s Creed, but for us, for AC4, it was always Edward.”
As far as if putting men in starring roles was a branding decision, Ismail replied:. “I actually don’t know what the brand team is working on for the next few games,” he explained. “But the concept of a female assassin, I can tell you it’s not a no-no, it’s not something we’re trying to avoid at all.”
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