Elise The Templar

Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been met with much criticism since the last major reveal at this year’s E3. Rightly so. Today, that has changed. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is now being met with undeserved negativity. What changed?

Today, Ubisoft released a cinematic trailer (featuring beautiful music from Woodkid, again. No complaints from me!) revealing what appears to be an important female character, Elise (see trailer below).

We see Arvo running through Paris in order to stop Elise’s apparent execution. Elise is clearly a Templar, based on the necklace she’s wearing. Why could our Assassin protagonist be wanting to save a Templar? She could be Assassin in disguise? Elise and Arvo could be star-crossed lovers? The point is, no-one outside of Ubisoft knows why she’s important to Arvo’s story, other than she is. 

Since this trailer’s release, I’ve read a number of articles pointing out that she’s not playable and this is a Bad Thing. No, no it’s not. Anne Bonny and Mary Read, were undoubtedly two of the most important characters of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and were unplayable. What about Ezio’s mother and his sister, Claudia? Yet again, completely necessary to the story but unplayable. 

I’d argue that the Assassin’s Creed series, along with many other games, is doing a very good job of providing important roles for females. Just look at The Last of Us and The Walking Dead – Ellie and Clementine are clearly the main characters. For all we know, Elise may be (and I sincerely hope she is) as important to Assassin’s Creed: Unity as Ellie is to The Last of Us

For now, can we all just agree to sit back and hopefully enjoy Assassin’s Creed: Unity when it releases worldwide on October 28th.

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