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Report: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will feature a female protagonist

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There are literally only a few hours left until the official reveal of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – the same Victorian era title that was leaked shortly after Unity hit shelves last year. And while we know where it’s going to be set, there’s very little else to go on. The leak did show off a dark, brooding male protagonist in a top hat, but it seems like he could be joined by another staring lead.

According to a report from Kotaku, Syndicate will feature two protagonists that players will periodically switch between. The lead character is suspected to be named Jacob, but players will apparently also take control of his sister (and partner in underground, English crime), Evie. The report suggests that gameplay will have a 75% to 25% split – similar to the way The Witcher 3 handles Geralt and his former apprentice, Ciri. You will, however, be able to freely switch between the two in-between missions.

The same report also indicates that Syndicate will not feature a multiplayer mode, although it’s unclear whether or not this includes any co-op.

Ubisoft was at the centre of a lot of controversy around this time last year regarding female characters in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It was revealed at E3 that female assassin’s were removed from Unity’s co-op mode, as they would require “double the animations” in comparison to male characters. Unsurprisingly, these comments weren’t taken at face value – and it’s an insult flung at the French developers to this day still.

Assassin’s Creed has now featured two female leads, with both Liberation and the recently release Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China diversifying their roster a little. Both, however, are not core entires into the franchise – which would make Evie’s inclusion something new.

And it makes perfect sense too. Ubisoft are no strangers to bad press, but I don’t think they particularly like it. Whether or not out of pure intention to amend for the mistakes made last year or simply avoid the same reaction, I suspect Evie and her playability will be a big marketing point for the publisher leading up to the end of year release for Syndicate. We will, however, know for certain today (or at least at E3).

Last Updated: May 12, 2015

58 Comments

  1. “joined by another staring lead”

    Who, Keanu Reeves?

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    • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

      May 12, 2015 at 10:05

      I’d watch that!

      Reply

  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 12, 2015 at 09:37

    BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE GUYS WHO ONLY WANT TO PLAY AS GUYS? THINK OF THE MEN!

    Reply

    • Pariah

      May 12, 2015 at 09:38

      THAT’S SEXIST! WE MEN DEMAND EQUAL RIGHTS!

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 12, 2015 at 09:39

        EXACTLY! THEY SHOULD SPEND ALL THAT MONEY MAKING THE GAME BETTER INSTEAD!

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        • Pariah

          May 12, 2015 at 09:43

          WHAT MADNESS DOST THOU SPEW FROM THINE PIE HOLE?! MAKE A GAME BETTER?! WHAT IS THIS?! CDPR?!

          Reply

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2015 at 09:44

            I HAVE A GLORIOUS PIE HOLE!

            Wait… O_o

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 09:57

            Ugh

      • Dutch Matrix

        May 12, 2015 at 09:40

        WE DWARVES DEMAND EQUAL HEIGHTS!

        Reply

        • Pariah

          May 12, 2015 at 09:42

          NOBODY CARES ABOUT A DWARF!!! THERE ARE NO DWARVES IN LOTR… I MEAN AC!!!

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          • Dutch Matrix

            May 12, 2015 at 09:43

            Ok then..
            WE FATTIES DEMAND BIG KORN BITES!

          • Pariah

            May 12, 2015 at 09:44

            I COULDN’T HELP BUT LOL. TAKE YOUR BIG KORN BITES THEN!!!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2015 at 09:45

            That’s maize-ist. Think of the wheat. Don’t support gluten oppression!

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 12, 2015 at 09:47

            I trample on the wheat…

          • Pariah

            May 12, 2015 at 09:52

            Were you bread for it? O_o

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 12, 2015 at 09:54

            Yeah… Hard baked and crusty but with a soft centre. Also I taste good spread all over with Marmite

          • Pariah

            May 12, 2015 at 09:55

            I… Did not want to know that. Thanks. O_O

            XD

          • Lord Chaos

            May 12, 2015 at 09:55

            I…

            *Backs away slowly.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 09:56

            Ewwww, now if it was Bovril…

          • Hammersteyn

            May 12, 2015 at 10:03

            Yum yum.

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 12, 2015 at 10:03

            I don’t do peanut butter…

          • Lord Chaos

            May 12, 2015 at 10:04

            Good, that would have just been weird…

          • Hammersteyn

            May 12, 2015 at 10:05

            I meant Bovril is yummy. Wait you DONT do peanut butter? Dutch didn’t get that big from jam on his sammies.

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 12, 2015 at 10:07

            Oh I eat Peanut Butter. I just don’t DO peanut butter… Too chunky for nuts…

    • RinceThis

      May 12, 2015 at 10:31

      YETH!

      Reply

    • Andre116

      May 12, 2015 at 13:26

      You only want to play with men?

      Reply

  3. Dutch Matrix

    May 12, 2015 at 09:42

    No no no. She is way too slender! We need fair representation in games! Where be my fatty assassins? Us obese people have been given the run around for too long!

    Reply

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      May 13, 2015 at 10:08

      DERP HERP DERP! STOP SHAMING FULL BODIED WOMEN! NEW FEMALE ASSASSIN CREED FEMALE CHARACTER MUST BE AT LEAST 300 POUNDS ALSO THINK OF BLIND, DEAF AND MUTE GAMERS TOO!! WE WANT REPRESENTATION FOR MINORITIES TOO! DERP HERP DERP! (Banana’s SJW rant)

      Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    May 12, 2015 at 09:42

    “Syndicate will feature two protagonists” I called it with four days ago! Well the two arms part. Not the co-op…
    http://www.lazygamer.net/wtf-2/were-over-analysing-that-assassins-creed-teaser-for-clues/#comment-2013240120

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    • Lord Chaos

      May 12, 2015 at 09:48

      Yea… but who listens to you anyway? 😛

      Reply

    • Umar

      May 12, 2015 at 09:52

      Hammer the messiah!

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      May 12, 2015 at 09:54

      When will HL3 be here oh wise one?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 12, 2015 at 09:54

        That’s very easy……… NEVER

        Reply

        • Pariah

          May 12, 2015 at 09:55

          CONFIRMED

          Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          May 12, 2015 at 09:56

          *bookmarks for future trolling

          Reply

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 12, 2015 at 10:03

        Why make a game that could possibly (read probably) cause an obscene amount of fandom nerd rage boners when you can just make billions of $$$$$$ making digital hats and digital books with worse sentence structure than 50 shades of boredom?

        Reply

  5. Umar

    May 12, 2015 at 09:52

    Besides coop, I love the idea of dual protagonists that you can switch on the fly.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      May 12, 2015 at 09:52

      Ahem… it is called Grand Theft Auto V…

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      • Pariah

        May 12, 2015 at 09:53

        Thanks, but I’d rather enjoy my free time…

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      • Umar

        May 12, 2015 at 10:00

        I know, I love that concept.

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        • Dutch Matrix

          May 12, 2015 at 10:08

          As do I.

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      • ReaperOfSquirrels

        May 12, 2015 at 10:15

        Worst is changing to Trevor, and he’s drunk, in the middle of the desert in nothing but his undies… car no where to be found.

        Wait… where does he keep the weapons at times like that? O.o

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        • Lord Chaos

          May 12, 2015 at 10:16

          Agreed, and switching to him and he’s on 2 star wanted is a close second.

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        • RinceThis

          May 12, 2015 at 10:32

          Or when you switch to him and he’s on his knees begging to… Um 0_O

          Reply

        • Dutch Matrix

          May 12, 2015 at 11:06

          I realized over the weekend: GTA V is so good, it got all of us staring at a guy wearing soiled underwear for hours on end…

          Reply

    • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

      May 12, 2015 at 10:02

      I would have loved the idea of a dual protagonist in Assassins Creed 3. With the ability to ignore one particular protagonist entirely. Forever. Like he never existed. Maybe then it would have felt like America deserved my attention for once.

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  6. SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

    May 12, 2015 at 09:58

    Team… Evie?

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  7. The Sten

    May 12, 2015 at 10:26

    We’ll since they are making female protagonists, they might as well make more female antagonists too. I dont think i can remember any of the 1000000000000 guards/snipers/patroll henchmen (henchperson?) you massacre being female in the series so far.

    If ur gonna pander, then pander properly oobisoft!!!

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    • VoidWalker

      May 12, 2015 at 12:21

      see that promotes violence against women which we all know means men in the real world that play a game with female bad guys will start raping females left and right because we are so stupid . . .

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  8. Johann

    May 12, 2015 at 10:50

    Would love it if they give the female Assassin a thick cockney accent. ‘ello guvner

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      May 12, 2015 at 11:10

      LOOOL

      Reply

  9. moeen akhter

    May 12, 2015 at 11:58

    government

    Reply

  10. VoidWalker

    May 12, 2015 at 12:19

    lol obviously they are only doing it because of the push back they received after pretending like they didn’t have the resources enough to create a female character model on the last game. The fact that this is even news kind of disgusts me. Who the fuck cares? Does a female protagonist make these games all of a sudden better? Does it fix the bland, played out gameplay? Then why the fuck even report on it?

    Reply

  11. 40 Insane Frogs

    May 13, 2015 at 10:10

    Another year, another asscreed game… sigh!

    Reply

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