Ubisoft Introduces Elise in a new Assassin’s Creed Unity Arno Trailer, Screens, Artworks & More
Today Ubisoft is releasing a new CGI trailer for Assassin’s Creed Unity that shows Arno racing against time and through a dense and chaotic central Paris in order to prevent the beheading of Elise, a character central to Assassin’s Creed Unity’s story. As an independent young noblewoman, Elise is determined to secure her place in the Templar dynasty amidst the chaos of the French Revolution. Her quest leads her to cross paths with Arno and establish an unlikely bond with him.
In addition to the new trailer, Ubisoft is offering fans the chance to discover a novel by Oliver Bowden based on Assassin’s Creed Unity. This new paperback from Penguin Random House builds on Bowden’s past Assassin’s novels – with 3 million copies sold to date - and examines an era when the divide between the rich and poor is at its most extreme, and a nation is tearing itself apart. Told from Elise’s perspective, the book follows her and Arno as they are drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and the Templars – a world with dangers more deadly than they could ever have imagined - and fight to avenge all they have lost.
Finally, fans can now also order “Elise: The Fiery Templar,” a high quality figurine designed by Ubicollectibles that features Elise as she sets her sights on her target with her gun poised and sword sheathed at the ready on her back. This collectible can be assembled into a diorama with the “Arno: The Fearless Assassin” figurine. Additional digital content for Assassin’s Creed Unity also is included with the purchase of this collectible.
Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released worldwide on October 28. The novel Assassin’s Creed Unity will be available in November. “Elise: The Fiery Templar” figurine will be released on October 14.
Assassin’s Creed Unity will be available across EMEA on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC at selected retailers . “Elise: The Fiery Templar” figurine will be available across EMEA territories and can be ordered now via the Uplay shop: shop.ubi.com/Elise
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Ashley Johnson, the voice actor whose role as Ellie in The Last of Us earned her a BAFTA award, weighed in on Ubisoft’s male-only cast of playable characters inAssassin’s Creed Unity, chiding the publisher and its developers for not including women.
"When I saw the gameplay and saw that [in] their multiplayer you do not have the option to play as a female. I was like, ‘Give me a fucking break!’" Johnson told VideoGamer.com in an interview on Friday. “It’s 2014! How many video games do you have to make to realize maybe have an option to have a female be in there?”
However, her co-star, Troy Baker, cautioned that if this controversy means video games now include an obligatory female character, it risks tokenizing them and making the situation worse.
"I think that’s almost even more disrespectful than not having women in the game," Baker told VideoGamer.com.
During E3, Ubisoft became enmeshed in controversy when Alex Amancio, the creative director for Assassin’s Creed Unity, said playable female characters were excluded from the game’s four-player co-operative mode because modeling and animating them in the game would have doubled their workload.
"It’s double the animations, it’s double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets," Amancio said. "Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work." Ubisoft representatives held to this answer as other publications questioned and criticized the design over the week of E3.
Ubisoft later issued a statement, reiterating the diversity of the Assassin’s Creed development team and noting the series has had playable protagonists who were men and women of color.
Still, Johnson said the choice made by Assassin’s Creed Unity and its justification “did make me upset. … There are a lot of females that play video games, and it would be nice to see stronger females in a game that are not just the damsel in distress, the love interest or she’s oversexualized.”