The next Assassin's Creed game is getting closer and closer, and amid a new round of previews, some more info about the game's protagonist has emerged. Outside of choosing to be male or female Eivor, you can also choose to swap between the two as the story progresses.
First seen in a promo video published by IGN, there are three options provided for which version of Eivor to play. You can play through the entire game as either male or female, as has been noted in the past. For the third option, players can choose to "let the Animus decide."
Using this, the player will swap between male and female versions of Eivor throughout the story. In a tweet, Narrative Director Darby McDevitt says it doesn't happen at random, but rather it switches "only when the story requires it to switch." McDevitt reassures that it "always makes sense" when the switch happens, and players can also change between the options at any time.
McDevitt has said in the past that both male and female versions of the protagonist Eivor are canon, though the team isn't giving away just how that works. The Animus, which is the in-fiction VR-adjacent technology that allows characters to dive into the past shoes of major historical players, could provide an adequate solution to that problem. Maybe the data is fuzzy, maybe there were two people like in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Or maybe the real Eivor was the friends we made along the way.
Whatever the case, it's nice to see the options for the protagonist in Assassin's Creed grow as it leans harder into role-playing. Ubisoft came under a great deal of scrutiny this summer for a number of issues in its workplace culture, and part of it included the reported dismissal of female protagonists being marketable leads.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla launches on Nov. 10, 2020, which coincides with the launch of Xbox Series X/S, just two days before the launch of PlayStation 5. The new Assassin's Creed will be coming to both new consoles, as well as the current generation, PC, and Stadia.