Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Apologizes for Forced Romance

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Apologizes for Forced Romance

Assassin's Creed players bemoan the ending of the latest DLC.

The fallout from the latest Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC regarding player choice continues. Today, Assassin's Creed Odyssey's creative director Jonathan Dumont weighed in with another apology on behalf of Ubisoft.

Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Assassin's Creed Odyssey's newest DLC ahead.

The new Legacy of the First Blade DLC received a lot of complaints from Assassin's Creed Odyssey players after it was revealed that it ends with the player character having a child with either Darius' son or daughter. The gender of Darius' child depended on whether the player chose to play as Kassandra or Alexios, and it's automatically defaulted to form a heterosexual coupling.

In a post on the official Assassin's Creed Odyssey forum, Dumont said that the Legacy of the First Blade "Shadow Heritage" ending was designed to fit in the larger mythology of the Assassin's Creed universe, but admits they "missed the mark."

"Our goal was to let players choose between a utilitarian view of ensuring your bloodline lived on or forming a romantic relationship," says Dumont. "We attempted to distinguish between the two but could have done this more carefully as we were walking a narrow line between role-play choices and story, and the clarity and motivation for this decision was poorly executed."

Many players felt that Odyssey's emphasis on player choice was undermined severely after reports on the Assassin's Creed subreddit that the ending was unavoidable. Players expressed their frustration with the DLC ending on the game's subreddit.

"That honestly kills any desire for me to play the rest of the DLC... I really have no desire to have a romance plot shoved down my throat in a game that up until now at least gave me the option," writes one commenter. Another player who said they played their Kassandra as bi said they "literally recoiled" after the ending.

Dumont says that this has been a "learning experience" for the developers. Furthermore, in the next episode players will not have to engage in a lasting romantic relationship if they choose not to.

"Understanding how attached you feel to your Kassandra and your Alexios is humbling and knowing we let you down is not something we take lightly," says Dumont. "We'll work to do better and make sure the element of player choice in Assassin's Creed Odyssey carries through our DLC content so you can stay true to the character you have embodied throughout."

Check out our Assassin's Creed Odyssey romance guide for how to navigate the game's choices and romantic options.

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