It’s dawn. A hawk glides past the inspiring edifice of Notre Dame and over restless crowds of revolutionaries. Four figures emerge from the smoke of gunfire. They have three things in common: they’re all Assassins, they’re all fighting on the side of “liberté, égalité, and fraternité”, and they’re all male. In Assassin’s Creed: Unity at least, the ‘brotherhood’ part of the Revolution’s maxim apparently counts more than calls for ‘liberty’ and ‘equality’. The upcoming title in Ubisoft’s ever-popular franchise comes with a new option for four-player co-op, but the four characters are really just one; all consist of variations on the protagonist Arno Dorian. A common question thus returns to the conversation: when introducing an option for players to customise their protagonist, why was a female not available for that choice?
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts revealed the nominations for its 11th annual Games Awards early Wednesday morning. Unsurprisingly, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us and Rockstar’s GTA V picked up the most nominations, with The Last of Us receiving ten nods and GTA V nine. Both are nominated for Best Game, Game Design, Performer, and Story.