Voice actress Ashley Johnson, who took on the role of Ellie in 2013’s The Last of Us, criticized publisher Ubisoft over their stance on female characters in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title.
Ubisoft was met with harsh criticism during the annual E3 conference when they announced that plans for female characters in Assassin’s Creed: Unity were scrapped because of the additional workload modeling them would have caused.
“It’s 2014! How many video games do you have to make to realize maybe have an option to have a female be in there?” Johnson said in an interview with Videogamer.com. “There are so many female gamers. I don’t know what the percentage is at this point, but there are a lot of females that play video games, and it would be nice to see stronger females in a game that are not just the damsel in distress, the love interest or she’s oversexualized.”
Female characters have become a significant topic within the game industry in recent years, with a recent Entertainment Software Association study stating that 48% of gamers are now women.
Shortly after the remarks at E3, Ubisoft released a statement to Gamespot.
“We recognize the valid concern around diversity in video game narrative.”