Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is part of the Assassin's Creed series. The game was developed by Ubisoft Quebec and released October 23, 2015 for Xbox One and Playstation 4. The Windows version was released November 19.
The historical portion of Syndicate takes place in London in 1868. The twin protagonists Evie Frye and Jacob Frye, both trained as Assassins by their father, arrive in London to find the city controlled by the Templars. Jacob and Evie aim to liberate the city from Templar control by infiltrating and uniting London's criminal underworld. However, the twins' personalities often clash, with Evie being cautious and studious, while Jacob is more carefree and sometimes reckless.
The modern-day plot has you, the player, tasked with playing through the Frye twins' memories in order to help the modern-day Assassin Brotherhood find a Piece of Eden hidden in London.
Evie Frye is considered the first female protagonist of a major Assassin's Creed game (as Assassin's Creed: Liberation, starring Aveline de Grandpré, is considered a minor game). Evie was all the more visible considering the furor just one year previous over the lack of a female protagonist option for Assassin's Creed: Unity.
After much fan discussion over the meaning of Sequence 8, the official Assassin's Creed Tumblr account weighed in by reblogging a debate with the comment "Jacob Frye is bisexual. This is canon. The end." This makes Jacob the first confirmed non-straight protagonist of an AC game, although there has been criticism of the way this was portrayed in-game:
If the writers wanted to make a point that Jacob was into men too there are much healthier options they could have taken. Why is it that straight romances are always shown in a positive way but gay/lesbian relationships in games are usually negative/tragic?
If people like that ship for what it is then that’s perfectly fine but don’t make it seem like it’s “great representation”
A side character, Ned Wynert, is a canon transgender man and the first canon trans character to appear in an AC game. Game journalists hailed Ned as "the series' first transgender character", although this is not fully accurate since Eric Cooper was a key character of the Initiates web content in 2013.
- Assassin's Creed official tumblr, February 2016
- I like the idea of jacob fryer being bi but...
- Ned Wynert: Assassin's Creed's First Transgender Character, Jessica Lachenal, Sept 25 2015, The Mary Sue
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate is going to boast the series' first transgender character, Harry Fletcher, Sept 24 2015, Digital Spy
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate takes a leap towards inclusivity with the series' first transgender character, Tom Phillips, Sept 24 2015, Eurogamer