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At E3, Ubisoft dug themselves a nice little hole when they said that they didn’t make a playable female assassin for Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s co-op multiplayer inside the main storyline. Their reasoning was something along the lines of “It’d be double the work and double the expense to include a female character.” Of course that caused a big hoopla within the gaming community, especially with female gamers.

The question then became “Why isn’t the main character a female assassin anyway, being one of the most important factors of the French Revolution?” The protagonist may be male, but that doesn’t mean Ubisoft has counted women out of the equation entirely. This week, Ubisoft’s reveals that they really did have plans for a female character after all.

Assassin's Creed Unity Elise_final

In the reveal trailer, Arno fights his way through a crowd to save a woman from the guillotine. There’s just one huge conflict of interest: this woman is a Templar. Meet Elise. She’s a young noblewoman determined to secure her place within the Templar dynasty. Her ambition leads her to cross paths with Arno, and they form an unlikely bond with one another.

According to Metro, Elise’s story was planned for a while. Assassin’s Creed novelist, Oliver Bowden, is even writing a book centered around her. To top it all off, she has her own statue up for pre-order. “Elise: The Fiery Templar” is a high quality figurine that can be combined into a dynamic diorama with the “Arno: The Fearless Assassin” figure.

Elise’s presence is very reminiscent of Mary Read in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. She wasn’t playable either, but she was an integral part of the main story. Or, she could just be another Maria Thorpe from the first game. Nevertheless, it seems we’re getting a smidge closer to getting a female assassin as the headlining protagonist in the main series, but we won’t know for sure until it happens. Don’t hold your breath, though. It could still be a while.

[via Metro]

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Christina Janke

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