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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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