Ubisoft may have delivered a far smoother technical experience with the latest Assassin's Creed title, but it seems that some feel it has fallen short in one particular area.
Petition site change.org's achievements include saving Christianity believer Meriam Yehya Ibrahim from execution in Sudan and freeing equality campaigner Ghoncheh Ghavami from an Iranian prison. These victories could potentially be added to if Ubisoft bows to pressure and adds a hood toggle to AC: Syndicate.
A new petition entitled ‘Make a hood/hat toggle button without forcing stealth mode in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate' hopes to achieve just that.
Throughout the Assassin's Creed series the beaked hoods have become something of an icon for the Assassin's, the series protagonists. It is a symbol that many have come to love and would hate to see restricted or taken away, however realistic it's restriction may be given the game's current time period,” the plea explains.
It started in the end of Assassin's Creed III when the hood was no longer worn upon completion of the main story line. This caused enough commotion that a patch was created to restore the hood's use. Then the situation continued on to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, when the hood was only worn when entering restricted areas or fast traveling to a location. Assassin's Creed: Unity managed to keep the hood on at all times.
And now in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, the main character Jacob Frye only wears a top hat when walking around normally, and must enter Stealth Mode and be in a crouching position to wear the Assassin's iconic hood. Many support the realism factor of wearing the top hat in Syndicate's Victorian period, and allowing a toggle option would satisfy both parties who want realism and to wear the iconic Assassin hood without having to sacrifice normal walking movements by a forced crouch in Stealth Mode.”
591 people have so far signed up to the cause.
Much of the game's promotional art saw co-star Frye draped in the series' traditional garb:
However, when not crouched in-game the cockney swine instead prefers a more civilised, but arguably entirely out of kilter, top hat:
His sister Evie even has the nerve to go hatless altogether:
Although, again, a crouch gets things back on track:
The fury is not confined purely to change.org, either. There is also notable disquiet onReddit, where the oppressed have united to vent their frustration. Comments include:
This is probably my biggest problem with this game so far it looks absolutely ridiculous to have top hat while your talking to a Templar that you just killed. I basically just stay in stealth mode and hold high profile button constantly but they need to stop messing with my damn hood it's the best part about assassin's creed series.”
YES PLEASE UBISOFT HEAR THIS! IM SO DESPERATE I NEVER LEAVE STEALTH MODE”
My dream is to have a special button for hood up&down. With no crouching. Just stand still and put your lovely assassin's hood the way I want!”
Life offers rewards for those who dare to dream, after all. As Oscar Wilde once said, we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”.