Thank you so much for pointing this out – we ask forgiveness for unintentionally strengthening ableism through this language. This material is hosted on an external platform, which will just show it if you accept targeting cookies. This material is hosted on an external platform, which will only display it if you accept targeting cookies.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will get rid of the description of a “disfigured” character in an upcoming upgrade.
The description belongs to Eoforwine, among the video game’s baddie Order of the Ancients assassination targets. It reads:
“Horribly burned in a childhood accident, Eoforwine is terrified someone will see her disfigured face. She eases her fury with bursts of violence.”
One player flagged the description on Twitter, and stated it was “absolutely undesirable to discuss facial distinctions in this manner”.
The main Assassin’s Creed Twitter account quickly reacted, apologising for “accidentally strengthening ableism through this language” and promising the text would be eliminated.
Thank you so much for pointing this out – we say sorry for accidentally strengthening ableism through this language. We will eliminate this language in an approaching update.
— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) November 9, 2020
I reviewed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla here on Eurogamer previously today, and came away impressed by its extravagantly designed world which focuses on strong story direction over narrative option.