The latest installment of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is forcing gay characters to go straight.
Yup, you read that right.
The video game world is already notorious for its lack of LGBT representation, so the game stood out by allowing players to choose their gender and sexuality.
In the game’s latest downloadable content your character is forced to partner with someone of the opposite sex in order to conceive a baby.
That decision was met with outrage from players.
“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey [is] drawing queer players in with ‘you can play a character who is 100% uninterested in the opposite sex!’ only to force a heterosexual pairing with a baby” twitter user Tom wrote, using one of the hashtags, #NotMyOdyssey, that many other players protested the forced relationship with.
The roleplaying video game, set in Ancient Greece, is based on the idea that players are free to craft their own adventure; choosing their character’s gender, playing either as Alexios or Kassandra, and then defining their sexuality with the game’s varied cast of romance options.
But the “Legacy of the First Blade, Shadow Heritage” downloadable content, released on Jan. 15, has seemingly taken that choice away. No matter the players’ decisions, their characters are forced to have a straight relationship with another key character and conceive a baby with them.
Having the baby unlocks the “Growing Up” game Achievement.
“Lesbian and gay players are part of your demographic and after all the hype made on 'choice' for this game, being blind sided by a forced heterosexual relationship and a CHILD is a pretty powerful and hurtful statement” twitter user Vic wrote.
"Hey girl, you're not gay, you just needed to find the good man and have a baby ! Thx a lot Ubisoft for this revelation... AOC dlc is pure fake. One step forward, then three steps backwards. But our money is yours,” another added.
“We have read your responses online and taken them to heart. This has been a learning experience for us. 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,” AOC creative director Dumont wrote in a statement addressing the backlash Jan. 17.
Dumont explained that the intention of the storyline was to explain how the character’s bloodline has a lasting impact on the eponymous Assassins, but looking through the responses the company realized they “missed the mark” with its execution.
“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,” he went on to state.