Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Can You Be Gay in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

Can you be gay in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? While previous games haven’t exactly strayed away from including queer identities, they’ve often been quite the opposite of ‘show, don’t tell.’ For example, Jacob Frye was confirmed as bisexual after the events of the game by Ubisoft’s Tumblr account, rather than in the game itself.

So, what does that say about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Well, let’s start by saying that despite being nominated in GLAAD for its LGBT+ representation, Odyssey isn’t as incredible as some may think. But before we get into that, let’s answer the question you’re here for.

Can you be gay in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Yes, yes you can. You can also be bisexual, or even a lesbian. It gives you the options to play however you want. You may play your Alexios or Kassandra as asexual, or just someone who is sex-repulsed in general, but want to get to know someone more romantically. There are options – 14 of them to be exact, if you’re not counting DLC.

However, it’s not as black and white as that. While you are given opportunities to romance other characters, none of these options given affect Alexios or Kassandra and the impact they have on the main story. The closest you get is with the option of Thaletas and Kyra, which has more content but ends the moment you step foot off the island. Nobody ever mentions it again.

The rest of the romances are limited to quests, and the outcome of most of them are ‘well done, you’ve done x and y to get to the sex/kiss scene.’ It’s a nice, campy way of doing things and from my perspective I at least appreciate the inclusion of queer sexuality.

But it still falls short to me for many reasons. The main reason being that in the Legacy of the First Blade DLC, you’re forced to enter a heterosexual relationship no matter what you do – marring the good faith that Ubisoft had gained during the main game. Seriously, just one quick google search will show you how angry people were for it, and not even the ‘fix’ that Ubisoft put out could actually undo the damage.

So, you can play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as gay – but don’t expect it to ‘matter’ in the sense that it affects the story in any way. That, unfortunately, isn’t the case.

The ‘Can You Be Gay’ guides are here to help you answer the most important question of all in video games. Check out the full series to look through which games you can and can’t be gay in.

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