Far Cry 4's development team at Ubisoft Montreal came really close to implementing playable female characters, but in the end failed to be included because of workload issues, game director Alex Hutchinson has told Polygon.
"It's really depressing because we almost... we were inches away from having you be able to select a girl or a guy as your co-op buddy when you invite someone in.
"And it was purely a workload issue because we don't have a female reading for the character, we don't have all the animations," he added. "And so it was this weird issue where you could have a female model that walked and talked and jumped like a dude."
However, Hutchinson says that advances in technology should make it easier to offer playable female characters in the future.
"I can guarantee you that in the future, moving forward, this sort of stuff will go away. As we get better technology and we plan for it in advance and we don't have a history on one rig and all this sort of stuff," he explained.
We had very strong voices on the team pushing for that and I really wanted to do it, we just couldn't squeeze it in in time."
Much like Assassin's Creed: Unity, female characters will feature in the game, says Hutchinson, they're just not playable.