Ubisoft has issued an apology for its handling of Shadow Heritage, the latest chapter in the Legacy of the First Blade DLC for Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
The episode received huge criticism from players as it ignores their choices throughout the DLC and the main game as a whole, forcing your chosen character into a relationship and subsequently having a child. This is despite the fact you have the ability to play Alexios or Kassandra as straight, bisexual, or gay during Odyssey's campaign.
Choice is obviously a big factor in Odyssey, more so than Origins, as many of your decisions will have an impact on the story down the line. It's no wonder players were more than a little miffed.
Here's the statement in full, via a reddit post by the game's creative director, Jonathan Dumont. There's spoilers, obviously, so don't read it if you haven't played the DLC yet.
'Reading through player responses of our new DLC for Legacy of the First Blade, Shadow Heritage, we want to extend an apology to players disappointed by a relationship your character partakes in. The intention of this story was to explain how your character's bloodline has a lasting impact on the Assassins, but looking through your responses it is clear that we missed the mark.
'Alexios/Kassandra realising their own mortality and the sacrifice Leonidas and Myrrine made before them to keep their legacy alive, felt the desire and duty to preserve their important lineage. Our goal was to let players choose between a utilitarian view of ensuring your bloodline lived on or forming a romantic relationship. We attempted to distinguish between the two but could have done this more carefully as we were walking a narrow line between role-play choices and story, and the clarity and motivation for this decision was poorly executed. As you continue the adventure in next episode Bloodline, please know that you will not have to engage in a lasting romantic relationship if you do not desire to.
'We have read your responses online and taken them to heart. This has been a learning experience for us. Understanding how attached you feel to your Kassandra and your Alexios is humbling and knowing we let you down is not something we take lightly. We'll work to do better and make sure the element of player choice in Assassin's Creed Odyssey carries through our DLC content so you can stay true to the character you have embodied throughout.'
Assassin's Creed Odyssey was released on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One in October.