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Ubisoft won't whitewash Ancient Greece with Assassin's Creed Odyssey

“We really felt like it was a nice opportunity for us to have a deep dive into the culture of Greece," says audio director Lydia Andrew

Ubisoft has made efforts to avoid whitewashing the cast of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, audio director Lydia Andrew revealed during E3 this year.

Speaking with our colleagues over at VG24/7, Andrew confirmed that Ubisoft has tried to ensure it hires as many Greek actors as possible for voice-over work in the game.

Whitewashing in games has been a problem for many years, with characters not only having their skin tone lightened, but also often being portrayed by American actors simply putting on an accent.

However, things are moving in a more progressive direction with Assassin's Creed Odyssey as the female and male protagonists are voiced by respective Greek actors Melissanthi Mahut and Michael Antonakos.

"What we tried to do was look for actors who are Greek or have Greek ancestry," said Andrew.

"We really felt like it was a nice opportunity for us to have a deep dive into the culture of Greece and obviously Ancient Greece.

"You can have a great actor who's great at accents, and that's fantastic, but you can also find great Greek actors and work with them too."

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Latest comments (2)

Daniel Trezub QA Analyst, Ludia3 months ago
"Ubisoft won't whitewash Ancient Greece" in the title is different from "Ubisoft has made efforts to avoid whitewashing the cast" in the first paragraph, right?
Then, in the end, only the main two characters are Greek?
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Tudor Nita Lead Programmer, Gameloft Romania3 months ago
@Daniel Trezub: Actor nationality is the least of their problems imho. At the end of the day, it is their job to .... act. Having American?-Greek actors play ancient Greek characters will change nothing.

What's more important is how they treat/ present the socio-cultural artefacts of the era and how they strike the balance between mass consumption and plausability/ the perception of historical accuracy.

At the end of the day, whitewashing, in games, is used to increase your consumer base in NA/ Europe. Granted, ancient Greece is already more aligned to that audience than say, an egyptian or amerindian based theme.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tudor Nita on 21st June 2018 5:14am

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