So with all the arguments made against Ubisoft for not including a female lead character, I don’t understand why people are so offended. I mean you are singling out a single developer for something that is done in games all across the board in EVERY genre and yet you still play them. So why are you singling out Ubisoft?
(This was taken from a comment made by the developer of Rust, which can be found here, http://www.gamespot.com/articles/rust-dev-says-ubisoft-was-unfairly-singled-out-in-controversy-over-female-playable-characters/1100-6420611/)
Please note, while I do consider myself a feminist, because women are people and should be equal, singling out one company for something like this is probably not the way to do this.
They made a design choice, not simply because the female form is too hard to animate, they also don’t have a lot of the animations there for the female form because they don’t have someone to get the data off at the moment.
Now if you want to talk about the fact that they have done it before with Aveline, think again because while she has some parkour abilities, they aren’t at the level of polish needed for a game of this calibre. The actions made are probably done by male motion capture instead of female and on such a small screen as the Vita, this is hard to see, but once you make it bigger and add more definition it’s more obvious to a professional that something is very wrong with how she moves.
Animating something like this requires fluidity that can only be given through something like motion capture. And speaking from personal experience, parkour changes between gender because the centre of gravity changes. For a male to do it, we have a lower centre of gravity than females do and that changes how the body moves around objects.
However that wouldn’t also be the only difference, how much of the voice acting would need to change because of this? Your average person in the street responds to women differently than men because of their own judgements that people make. But also the entire voice acting for Arno would need to largely be scrapped because of how he would respond to certain situations.
This isn’t Dragon Age where you can change your dialogue options because you want to, this is a game that has a scripted story that they don’t want to throw out or have to make some major and minor changes based on gender.
Also, they are so late in the development process that changes such as this are no longer possible. The game comes out in 4-5 months and these changes require extensive work.
This has been a long winded rant and I’m sorry for it however so many people don’t understand what it takes to make a game and what something that might seem trivial is to the story and animation. If you want a game to look as amazing as it can, don’t argue with someone who has had years of practice with this, however I wouldn’t be surprised if their next AC game came with a female protaganist simply because everyone made such a major argument about it.
He has a point people, can everyone just shh now? I’m sick of this argument…go and complain about another company for their sexism too.
And while we are at it, appreciate the great games out there that give you the choice, I’m looking to you Bioware. Thanks for the option on being male and female and making it work so god damn well :)