Ubisoft to diversify in the future

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Ubisoft’s lack of female representation in new games like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 has caused quite a bit of controversy in the realm of videogames. The debate about diversity in games has flared up once again, with the vociferous from both camps making a lot of noise.

Some think Ubisoft should do what they will for the sake of their art, others that they need to be more inclusive. According to Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot, the company will do its best to add a dash of diversity to its future games.

“We are working on that," Guillemot told CVG. "We want to spend more time on the worlds and characters in our games… you will see more and more of this at Ubisoft. We’ll try to be less like we have been in the past with some characters. We’ll try to extend more diversity."

Guillemot said he’s realised that the male focus in games would be divisive, and the rift that characters like Watch Dogs’ Aiden Pearce would create.

"We knew it would be polarising," said Guillemot in reference to Aiden Pearce and Watch Dogs. "Some people loved the characters and some didn’t. It was difficult to please everybody with that character. Now, having seen the reaction, we know what we will do next to improve that.”

Expect more female representation in Ubisoft’s games. The trick now, is to do it right. Ubisoft is caught in a tricky position. It’s impossible to please everybody all of the time, so even when they do add more diversity, expect complains of their new female protagonist’s breasts being too big, or not big enough. She’ll probably be too sexy…or not sexy enough. She’ll be too tough…or not tough enough. And so on, ad infinitum.

It’s great that Ubisoft is planning on being more inclusive, but you have to wonder to what end? Next people will expect games featuring black people who aren’t urban stereotypes, or homosexuals who aren’t sexually depraved fetishists. Madness. 

Last Updated: June 18, 2014

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