“Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted.”
In its upcoming ninth installment, the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise will be introducing its first trans character, breaking important ground for the popular series.
Since releasing the first game in 2007, Assassin’s Creed has gone on to become one of the most popular video games on the market, with each new release being highly anticipated. The storylines revolve around Desmond Miles, a modern day man who is the descendant of a long line of the secret society of assassins. Their ongoing war against another secret society leads Desmond to leave his normal life and travel through time and memory in order to save the planet.
Its newest game, Syndicate, is set to release for the PlayStation 4 in October of this year, and will be set during the Industrial Revolution in London. Perhaps the biggest news around the game at the moment is that it will introduce Ned Wynert, a trans male character.
Assassin’s Creed isn’t the first video game or franchise to introduce a trans character to young audiences. In fact, as far back as the 1980s, gay, lesbian, and transgender humans, aliens, and other characters have appeared in popular video games. The first trans character in a game might just shock you, because it’s a Nintendo character you know fairly well!
The first trans video game character is credited as being Birdo in Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. 2, which may come as a shocker to many. In the game, Birdo is depicted as believing he is a female named Birdetta. Good for her!
While the inclusion of Ned Wynert, possibly only as a minor character, in Syndicate may not sound like a big deal to many, the fact that a major franchise can acknowledge the turning tides of modern social issues in a positive way is an awesome thing. The demographics playing this video game will be exposed to people and beliefs that they may not otherwise see while spending time staring at their screens with other games or shows. Especially for younger players, having a trans character at least opens up their worldview to the positive existence of the trans community, breaking down old binary barriers.
Best yet, Ubisoft, the game’s developer, updated their explanation of the game, saying,
“Inspired by historical events and characters, this work of fiction was designed, developed, and produced by a multicultural team of various beliefs, sexual orientations and gender identities.”
Way to go, Ubisoft! Love the increasing diversity within video games, especially diversity that is unseen at first glance and can only be understood by getting to know somebody.
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