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Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep

This week's release of the new Legacy of the First Blade - Shadow Heritage DLC for Assassin's Creed Odyssey has met with controversy, as can be seen in this thread on Reddit, which includes spoiler warnings, which should also apply to the rest of this story. At issue is how the add-on concludes with a scenario where the player gets to choose between a few options that all lead to the same conclusion. As this video shows (thanks PC Gamer), the story ends with a forced heterosexual relationship, destroying player agency for characters already being played as gay. This has prompted a response from Ubisoft in the form of a message from Creative Director Jonathan Dumont apologizing for the misstep:

Reading through player responses of our new DLC for Legacy of the First Blade, Shadow Heritage, we want to extend an apology to players disappointed by a relationship your character partakes in. The intention of this story was to explain how your character’s bloodline has a lasting impact on the Assassins, but looking through your responses it is clear that we missed the mark.

Alexios/Kassandra realizing their own mortality and the sacrifice Leonidas and Myrrine made before them to keep their legacy alive, felt the desire and duty to preserve their important lineage. Our goal was to let players choose between a utilitarian view of ensuring your bloodline lived on or forming a romantic relationship. We attempted to distinguish between the two but could have done this more carefully as we were walking a narrow line between role-play choices and story, and the clarity and motivation for this decision was poorly executed. As you continue the adventure in next episode Bloodline, please know that you will not have to engage in a lasting romantic relationship if you do not desire to.

We have read your responses online and taken them to heart. This has been a learning experience for us. Understanding how attached you feel to your Kassandra and your Alexios is humbling and knowing we let you down is not something we take lightly. We’ll work to do better and make sure the element of player choice in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey carries through our DLC content so you can stay true to the character you have embodied throughout.

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46. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 18, 2019, 03:58 jdreyer
 
Paragon of Virtue wrote on Jan 17, 2019, 03:16:
Never seen this much post-deleting in a thread on Blues. I guess 2019 is the new 2018. :-)

That said, Ubisoft are making a lot of people angry lately. Quite the fall they are going through on social media.

They've still got it better than Bethesda.
 
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45. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 20:38 Beamer
 
ReactorCore wrote on Jan 17, 2019, 11:54:
It still takes a man and a woman to have a baby. Not sure why this is so shocking and upsetting to folks.

Not everything in life, or this game, revolves around procreation. In fact, none of my sexual relations have! Crazy!
 
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44. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 20:05 Sepharo
 
ReactorCore wrote on Jan 17, 2019, 11:54:
It still takes a man and a woman to have a baby. Not sure why this is so shocking and upsetting to folks.

It's not. You should probably read the actual story.
 
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43. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 11:54 ReactorCore
 
It still takes a man and a woman to have a baby. Not sure why this is so shocking and upsetting to folks.  
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42. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 10:19 Creston
 
In any case, on topic, I do think Ubisoft did this poorly, but I don't feel they did it out of any sort of homophobia or anything, like a lot of people across the internet are trying to turn it into.

They're just trying to ramrod the whole direct lineage thing in there, and because of that, well, the hero needs to have kids. It's no different than when Ezio started getting the hots for that (admittedly very gorgeous) lady in AC:Revelations.

I just fail to see why they felt the need to make it such a big part of the DLC. Ubisoft, here's a hint: Few people want to deal with the whole "kids" thing in a videogame. Very few. Just because sometimes it works out (God of War, most notably), doesn't mean that by and large, it's just nothing but an irritation.

Why didn't you just leave this for a cutscene all the way at the end of the entire DLC series, and then preferably after the credits had rolled?
 
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41. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 10:16 Creston
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 17, 2019, 06:58:
What the actual fuck is wrong with some of you people?!

I feel that this is a question that needs to be asked far more frequently.
 
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40. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 09:37 RedEye9
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 17, 2019, 06:58:
I work one 18 hour day, go to sleep, and wake up to find Blue wielding the * REMOVED * hammer like a meth fueled Thor. Something I have rarely seen in the 15 years I have been commenting.

What the actual fuck is wrong with some of you people?!
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    39. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 17, 2019, 09:11 Task
     
    Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jan 17, 2019, 07:34:
    Task wrote on Jan 16, 2019, 23:14:
    Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jan 16, 2019, 21:47:
    Historical Greece post

    So are you saying that the game is no where really close to depicting the lives of ancient greeks and sex, and the game depicts sex acts through modern Human depiction?

    Do you have a link to this information btw?

    Without having played the game, my default assumption would be that they projected modern attitudes towards sexuality onto their ancient Greek characters.

    The wikipedia article on the subject covers most of the same ground: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_ancient_Greece

    I haven't played it, but I think they would have to have modern depiction anyways (being that it is first a foremost a game) since at least with pedastry that totally would get Ubisoft banned.
     
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    38. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 08:03 Ozmodan
     
    Seriously, how ridiculous!

    As the the Greek sexual dispositions of the time, really?

    I think most of you including the developers have completely forgotten it is a game!!!
     
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    37. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 17, 2019, 07:34 Scottish Martial Arts
     
    Task wrote on Jan 16, 2019, 23:14:
    Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jan 16, 2019, 21:47:
    Historical Greece post

    So are you saying that the game is no where really close to depicting the lives of ancient greeks and sex, and the game depicts sex acts through modern Human depiction?

    Do you have a link to this information btw?

    Without having played the game, my default assumption would be that they projected modern attitudes towards sexuality onto their ancient Greek characters.

    The wikipedia article on the subject covers most of the same ground: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_ancient_Greece
     
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    36. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 06:58 Burrito of Peace
     
    I work one 18 hour day, go to sleep, and wake up to find Blue wielding the * REMOVED * hammer like a meth fueled Thor. Something I have rarely seen in the 15 years I have been commenting.

    What the actual fuck is wrong with some of you people?!
     
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    35. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 04:36 NKD
     
    Well when the thread gets shit up with homophobia it's only fair that Blue comes in and cleans house IMO.  
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    34. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 03:16 Paragon of Virtue
     
    Never seen this much post-deleting in a thread on Blues. I guess 2019 is the new 2018. :-)

    That said, Ubisoft are making a lot of people angry lately. Quite the fall they are going through on social media.
     
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    33. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 03:05 jdreyer
     
    Blue wrote on Jan 17, 2019, 01:47:
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    32. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 01:47  Blue 
     
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    31. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 00:42 Sepharo
     
    Darks wrote on Jan 17, 2019, 00:11:
    Awetopsy wrote on Jan 16, 2019, 23:58:
    Ive been playing the game avoiding any romantic relationships... because I dont want them. Im kinda disappointed that this dlc will force it on me.

    This is the exact same approach I took too. Cant stand all this BS in games.

    So you commiserate with the others. Your RPG character was forced into a relationship that you didn't intend them to have and previously wasn't a necessary aspect in the base game.
     
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    30. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 00:39 Sepharo
     
    I get the impression that a lot of people here didn't actually read Blue's write-up or the links.

    It's a laziness/cheapness problem. They broke their own game narrative.
    In the base game they allowed players to have gay romance and then in the DLC instead of coming up with a way to handle that previous choice they forced a hetero relationship. Could have spent some extra time and money to make sure they didn't break the player's story.

    They also let you pick to play as female or male right? It'd be like if the DLC came out and as you continued your story and entered the DLC content suddenly you were the opposite sex in the cutscenes etc. ... bad production quality. Apology was due.
     
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    29. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 17, 2019, 00:11 Darks
     
    Awetopsy wrote on Jan 16, 2019, 23:58:
    Ive been playing the game avoiding any romantic relationships... because I dont want them. Im kinda disappointed that this dlc will force it on me.

    This is the exact same approach I took too. Cant stand all this BS in games.
     
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    28. Re: Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep Jan 16, 2019, 23:58 Awetopsy
     
    Ive been playing the game avoiding any romantic relationships... because I dont want them. Im kinda disappointed that this dlc will force it on me.  
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    27. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 16, 2019, 23:41 UttiniDaKilrJawa
     
    Not quite understanding the "outrage" over this DLC to be honest. If the main thrust of the DLC was to tell a story where the main characters continue their bloodline/lineage then a heterosexual union of some type was really the only option in Ancient Greece. Not everyone in history got to choose their "happy ever after" the way they wanted. Sometimes you did what duty dictated.  
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