Sunset Overdrive Calls out Ubisoft’s BS


It’s always fun watching companies go after each other. For example, we saw Epic Games go after Activision with their Duty Calls spoof right before Bulletstorm was launched. Jibing other developers or game makers isn’t anything new, and today we just saw a wonderful example. Insomniac games just fired shots at Ubisoft in the most glorious fashion imaginable.

So a little background: Assassin’s Creed Unity will feature four assassins, but none of them female. This was a little disappointing, all things considered, especially considering Charlotte Corday is one of the most famous assassins in France from about that time period. When asked about this fact by Megan Farokhmanesh from Polygon, Ubisoft creative director Alex Amancio responded “It’s double the animations, it’s double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets, […] Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work.”

All of that seemed reasonable until a former Ubisoft employee, Jonathan Cooper took to Twitter, stating “In my educated opinion, I would estimate this to be a day or two’s work. Not a replacement of 8,000 animations.” In another tweet he added “Fun fact #2: Aveline de Grandpré shares more of Connor Kenway’s animations than Edward Kenway does.” He did concede, however, “That said, character models,voice acting and the system to switch them take more time.”

So how is this at all relevant to game studios warring? Today Insomniac Games released a new video for “Sunset TV,” a mail-bag type show for Insomniac Games’s upcoming game, Sunset Overdrive. It started off introducing a mechanic called Traps, but where the video really stood out was the question asked by Brittany: “Can you play as a female character?” The response was beautiful as they showed off not only their female character (in very Assassin’s-guild like clothing, I might add) doing parkour through the levels (I know that’s totally what this game is about anyway, but I can’t help but laugh), and they revealed that the clothing all could be worn by anyone.

This is not only an awesome step forward, but it’s incredibly entertaining at the same time. Will Ubisoft finally feel the pressure to add a new assassin to Unity? Or will they consider adding a playable female assassin in the future? We shall see! Until then… well I can’t help but have a good chuckle.

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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