‘Assassin’s Creed 4:’ Ubisoft Talks Edward Kenway; Teases Future Female Assassin

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am,

Assassins Creed Future Female Assassin

Who is Edward Kenway? What is his relationship to Assassin’s Creed 3 protagonist Connor Kenway? And how does Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag‘s story fit into the larger mythos? These are just some of the questions fans hope to see answered in Ubisoft‘s forthcoming sequel.

Prior to the unveiling of Assassin’s Creed 4, and Edward Kenway as its protagonist, there was some speculation that the next AC game might feature a female assassin as its protagonist. After Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation broke the mold with Aveline, most fans figured it was only a matter of time before a female took on a more prominent role.

However, according Assassin’s Creed 4 director Ashraf Ismail, that was never in the cards. That isn’t to say a woman won’t star in a future game, but that wasn’t part of Ubisoft’s present plans.

As Ismail explains, the current storyline was always designed as a Kenway affair, with gamers playing as three different generations in the assassin family. As we know, Connor’s father, Haytham, shuns the family trade, but his father, Edward, was apparently quite the character. In fact, he may just be the most unique assassin fans have seen so far — a pirate assassin.

“Really early on, we decided to tell the story of the Kenways. So we already had in place the idea to tell Edward, Haytham, and Connor. This was actually years ago, we had this.”

And therefore, in order to preserve historical accuracy (or as well as Ubisoft could in a franchise like this), the developer has decided a female pirate might raise more questions or criticisms than Ubisoft was willing to invite. With that said, the future still looks bright for the possibility of a female protagonist. While it may not be in Assassin’s Creed 5, 6, or even 7, it’s comforting to know that Ubisoft is not opposed to the idea.

“I would say it wouldn’t be surprising to see a female assassin coming up in a mainline Assassin’s Creed.”

Perhaps the second Assassin’s Creed game in development — thought to be another Vita title — will feature a female assassin. Maybe like AC 4 features a forefather of Connor, this other game will feature an ancestor of Aveline. Although questions like that won’t likely be answered anytime soon, we can share in the excitement for Assassin’s Creed 4.

Would you like to see Ubisoft feature a female protagonist in a major Assassin’s Creed title? What time period or setting do you think lends itself the best to a female protagonist?

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is slated for an October 29, 2013 release on the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. A next-gen release should follow some time after.

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Source: IGN

TAGS: Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 4, PC, PS3, PS4, Ubisoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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  1. This is all fine and dandy. But making this a “Real” squeal is a little overkill, they should have Black Flags branch off AC3 like Brotherhood and Revelations did.

    I know that they told us before that there will be an AC every year … but this really is too much cake in a short amount of time.

    • Really? I heard AC3 was to be the last yearly release of the franchise and that if a new game was made they’d spend longer on the games.

      • I remember reading that, too. I thought they were supposed to spend more time on the next series of AC games.

        • Makes sense. With the new tech in the newer consoles, they won’t be able to pump them out on a yearly basis anymore seeing as how they have to learn and optimize the tech.

  2. So awesome !

  3. Somebody really needs to look into this second AC game, a vita title would make a lot of sense. I really missed having any ship combat in liberation, maybe it could be added here?

  4. Why do they want to introduce a female character?

  5. I THINK THAT IN LIBERATION IT WAS GOOD TO HAVE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT CHARACTER BUT A FEMALE ASSASSIN JUST DOESNT SEEM TO GET MANY PEOPLE GRIPPED, I GOT BORED WITH AVELINE PRETTY QUICKLY THERE WASNT ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAT WE DIDNT DO IN AC3. FOR ME ANOTHER FEMALE CHARACTER WOULD RUIN THE EXPERIANCE FOR VITA PLAYERS.

  6. Not sure why they couldn’t just make it an option in the game to be male or female. Not even bother to change anything other than the main characters skin would be enough.

  7. No way a female assassin…I may sound rude but,u guyz hv 2 agree,thus far v hv been controlin only male characters,changin it wud surely ruin d feel.but if if dey can defeat ol d odds n impress us by bringin in a new female charecter,hu wud’nt like it.

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