Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Introduces Series’ First Transgender Character
Ubisoft takes a big step for LGBTQ inclusivity by adding Ned Wynert to the cast of Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Assassin's Creed Syndicate Creative Director Marc-Alexis Cote revealed that one of the game's co-stars is a quest giver named Ned Wynert, who happens to be a trans male. Last year, Ubisoft caught a lot of heat for Assassin's Creed Unity's lack of a female player. The game featured a male protagonist, Arno Dorian, who you could customize with various kinds of clothing, equipment and assassin skills. You were able to take this character online and play with other assassins, but a lot of people were hoping Unity would have included a playable female character, despite the game not letting you technically create your own protagonist (you can only customize Arno). Some might argue that Ned's inclusion is an attempt at trying to atone for the controversy and negative press that Unity received.
"Inclusiveness is something that's super important for us as a team," Cote said. "We've made a good push towards diversity and how we approach different subjects in the game."
Firsthand accounts of Syndicate's main campaign reveal that Ned is featured in the game's earlier missions and his gender is never mentioned by anybody— Ned is simply a trans male character who is part of the cast and a quest giver for the game's sibling protagonists, Evie and Jacob Fry. On the other hand, Wynert has not been featured in any of Syndicate's advertisements or marketing so far (I honestly don't even know what the character looks like).
Anyone who has played the previous Assassin's Creed titles should recognize this opening text:
"Inspired by historical events and characters, this work of fiction was designed, developed and produced by a multicultural team of various religious faiths and beliefs."
This is Syndicate's opening:
"Inspired by historical events and characters, this work of fiction was designed, developed, and produced by a multicultural team of various beliefs, sexual orientations and gender identities."
Assassin's Creed Syndicate will launch on Oct. 23 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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