Saturday, 26 September 2015

Assassin's Creed to Introduce First Transgender Character

The long running action adventure assassination game series Assassin's Creed is due to make a progressive step in its next console release.  The game, 'Assassin's Creed: Syndicate', is going to introduce the first transgender character the series has seen.

The game is set in Victorian era London the game will follow the assassin twins Evie and Jacob Frye as they engage in organised crime and gang wars in an attempt to fight against the established order of the Templars.  the game allows you to play as both Evie and Jacob, choosing which character to take on certain missions, missions given to you in part by Ned Wynert, the series first trans character.

'Inclusiveness is something that's super important to us as a team,' Assassins Creed: Syndicate creative director Marc-Alexis Cote said in an interview.  'We've made a good push towards diversity and how we approach different subjects in the game.'

There have been a few video games over the years that have presented transgender characters, with most of these being trans women, so to see a trans male presented is a nice change.  With Bioware introducing us to the wonderfully well portrayed character of Cremisius 'Krem' Aclassi in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' last year and now Ubisoft giving fans Ned I'm hoping that we're starting to see the use of trans people in video games being used beyond objectification.

Poison and Bridget both represent a sexualised version of trans women in games
By that I mean characters unlike Poison from 'Final Fight' and Bridget from 'Guilty Gear', who are incredibly sexualised women.  If Ned can follow the same frame work as Krem, of being a well rounded and respected character, whose status as transgender is only a tiny fact of who they are instead of the core factor, then perhaps the trans community has started to become represented correctly in the video gaming medium.


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