In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players are given the choice of whether to play as a male (Alexois) or female (Kassandra) protagonist. With this decision, players were also able to choose a number of relationship and romantic options.
This move was highly applauded by the LGBTQ+ community for its inclusion of same-sex relationships and just for allowing players to choose whoever they want their character to date. However, a recent DLC reversed all goodwill when it was released this week.
The new Shadow Heritage DLC forced players to settle down in a romantic relationship with the opposite gender, basically eliminating any same-sex or gender-bending relationships previously curated.
“Understanding how attached you feel to your Kassandra and your Alexios is humbling and knowing we let you down is not something we take lightly,” said Jonathan Dumont, the game’s creative director, following the initial backlash. Durmont’s original statement implied that changes to the current DLC wouldn’t be made, but it would be something the developers would be aware of going forward.
“We are making changes to a cutscene and some dialogue in Shadow Heritage”
Well, thankfully, the backlash has resulted in a bit of a better response from the developers. Posting on Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed forum, a spokesperson said: “After hearing player feedback and discussing within the development team we are making changes to a cutscene and some dialogue in Shadow Heritage to better reflect the nature of the relationship for players selecting a non-romantic storyline.
“These changes, along with renaming a trophy/achievement, are being made now and will be implemented in an upcoming patch.
“We’ve also been carefully looking at the next episode, Bloodline, to ensure the paths that players experience mirror the choices they make in-game.”
“This is an important first step toward mitigating the damage done”
GLAAD championed the statement saying that they were “pleased that Ubisoft has listened to LGBTQ players and will be making changes to Assassin’s Creed.
“This is an important first step toward mitigating the damage done by the game’s latest DLC.”
Soon enough, players will be able to engage in further LGBTQ+ romances and we’re glad that Ubisoft is working on the changes.