Last year Ubisoft caught a lot of flak for not having any playable female characters in Assassin's Creed: Unity, but it looks like Ubisoft's Quebec studio isn't going to make the same mistake.

According to a couple of sources close to the project at Kotaku, AC: Syndicate will allow players to assume the roles of two main characters: Jacob (whom we already knew about) and his sister Evie, pictured below.

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Evie, the playable woman in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. Image courtesy of Kotaku.

One of Kotaku's sources claimed that there won't be any multiplayer whatsoever and that roughly three quarters of the story missions will favour Jake. However, you will be able to toggle between the siblings at will between the more plot-driven sequences.

Last year Ubisoft explained the lack of playable women as a production issue. "It's double the animations, it's double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets," Assassin's Creed: Unity director Alex Amancio said. "Especially because we have customisable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work."

Amancio later said he didn't think female avatars were "relevant in the case of Unity," because everyone plays as the same character - even if they're represented as different avatars in other players' games. "I think this started from confusion in relation to the co-op, where they thought it was an avatar which it isn't," he somewhat perplexingly tried to explain.

So far Assassin's Creed: Syndicate's playable female character remains unconfirmed. We've asked Ubisoft about it, but have yet to hear back. Either way, we should know more when Ubisoft officially unveils Assassin's Creed: Syndicate tomorrow at 5pm UK time.

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