Ashley Johnson who voiced the lead character Ellie in The Last of Us, has criticized Ubisoft over the company’s recent statements about the lack of playable female characters in Assassin’s Creed: Unity multiplayer.
"I was like, 'Give me a f***ing break! 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?,'" Johnson told Videogamer in a recent interview. "And maybe not just on PS Vita." (Johnson is likely referring to Aveline de Grandpré, the female protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Liberation, initially exclusive to Sony’s handheld.)
"But it did make me upset," she continued. "There are so many female gamers...I don't know what the percentage is at this point but 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 over-sexualized. She doesn't even necessarily have to be a badass. Just like a normal female character."
Johnson is referring to Ubisoft technical director James Therien saying during E3 that female characters were going to be included in Assassin's Creed Unity, but were scrapped because of the additional work that would have been involved. Ubisoft later tried to clarify that statement by saying that the company recognizes the "valid concern around diversity in video game narrative."