Perhaps you haven’t been aware of this, but Ubisoft had been undergoing quite a drama. In the aftermath of one of the biggest fan backlashes in the recent history, Ubisoft has decided to make a wise (and, certainly, politically correct) decision and backtrack a bit, making several crucial changes in the storyline and cinematics of their Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Shadow of Heritage DLC. Although initially, they have been adamant to keep their original material, they eventually succumbed to criticisms and decided to listen to common sense and the voice of their LGBTQ fans.
Basically, the thing that infuriated fan base so much was the fact that cinematics and storyline branching have been completely inconsistent with the choices of the players who opted for the same-sex relationship. In other words, even if you explored an opportunity of homosexual liaison, the only outcome was a heterosexual romance inevitably resulting with a child.
Jonathan Dumont, the creative director of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey had made a public announcement stating that “Reading through player responses of our new DLC for Legacy of the First Blade, Shadow Heritage, we want to extend an apology to players disappointed by a relationship your character partakes in. The intention of this story was to explain how your character’s bloodline has a lasting impact on the Assassins, but looking through your responses it is clear that we missed the mark.”
In addition, another smaller slip-up connected to this one will also be corrected. In the case that you actually opt for a heterosexual relationship, the trophy you’ll get after having your baby will be renamed. The original name was “Growing Up”, but the higher-ups in Ubisoft had realized how tactless and inconsiderate that name is in the context of this whole affair since it can be misinterpreted as being depreciating to LGBTQ players, suggesting that they are infantile and immature for being gay and not having a child.
Dumont addressed this also: “It was definitively not written with that intention. This was an oversight in the review process and we very regrettably missed it,” said Dumont. “We share the frustration of players who find this offensive and the achievement/trophy name will be changed when DLC 1.3 patch is available.”
In the end, both Ubisoft and their LGBTQ fans (or just those who opted for the same-sex romance) seem pretty satisfied. Fans because the justice was served and Ubisoft for ultimately creating a better, more meaningful and more consistent game. A win-win situation for everyone, if you ask us.