I haven’t been back to the Waypoint forums in a while, but after what I’d heard about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and dear god I stuck with the franchise through thick and thin… I just -… yeah.
I need to put my two cents in here: I don’t think this is an issue with the singular DLC, and more about Ubisoft? Hear me out while I put on my tinfoil hat here, please.
You don’t just throw thousands and thousands of dollars into marketing a game about Choice, and openly standing with the LGBT+ community, to then turn around and railroad the protagonist into a relationship and family (that also single-handedly removes a lot of narrative weight Origins had, too). And, most of all: attach the “Grow Up” achievement on it.
So, for all these people I’ve been hearing that are just going “well, my Kassandra/Alexios aren’t lesbian/gay, so it suits me just fine” and then “if you don’t like the DLC, then don’t buy it”, and then “Kassandra/Alexios have the option to flirt with whoever, so they’re not lesbian/gay”… Not only is there some homophobia to upack there imo, but I think the big point is being missed:
To me, this is Ubisoft as a company is making a statement, whether intentionally or unintentionally; they have thousands of people on the development team, so just how many people did these decisions get okay’d by before this was released, all after there have been other DLC and many fans that have already bought into and been playing what they’d marketed initially. Sure, we could say it’s “one big mistake”, but -… that just makes it more unnerving to me at a time like now… especially since it’s from such a critically acclaimed development studio.
Small edit: y’all have been having great discussion here… I just came off of twitter and tumblr, and those defenses were all I could see for miles, and I just -… wanted to put this down among folks here who’re willing to talk in good faith.