So, Assassin's Creed: Unity is going to have four-player co-op. None of the characters available, however, are female. "It was on our feature list until not too long ago, but it’s a question of focus and production," explains technical director James Therien. "So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes. It would have doubled the work on those things."
Which is a statement of mind-blowing bogosity. As Tim Clark of PCGamer points out, this is a multi-million dollar game being worked on by nine studios; he also notes that the game already has female assassin characters. It’s also contradicted by Assassin’s Creed III animation director Jonathan Cooper, who tweeted “I would estimate this to be a day or two’s work. Not a replacement of 8000 animations.”
See also Rock Paper Shotgun’s take.
(Also, y’know, these are people wearing hoods and long cloaks. They spent some time making the four of them look a little different; it’s hard to see that it would have been difficult to make one female.)