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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!
LGBTQ characters in video games are important, and here’s why.