While I don’t expect Ubi (or most companies) to provide me an extremely complex character, unless they hire someone like Michael Connolly as their head writer, I do need to inhabit a character I can somehow identify with for the most enjoyable open world experiences. In most cases, I rely on my own imagination to create that character and their morals and code. One reason I loved Skyrim so much was that they gave me a huge open world and options to create any character I wanted to be and behave in whatever manner I thought my persona would behave. In fact, I originally argued that Witcher 3 could never be as immersive to me as Skyrim because the character was “pre-formed” but, even there, I had freedom to be the Geralt I wanted to be.
But in this case, if it plays out the way these two writers have described (and to be fair, the game is not out yet) this could be the worst of all worlds. I can’t be one character, developing a history and moral code as the story goes on that informs my in game choices, and the variety of characters I have to play over the course of the game are all extremely bland and lacking distinct personality.
I’ll put this on the wait and see what the rest of you experience before buying this one.