The first thing we noticed when we began playing Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation was that Aveline truly stands out. She's a first for the series in so many ways, and the dynamic between her and her world is very different. As a black female in the 1700s, she's treated differently from other characters we've seen in the series.
But she isn't sexualized at all, and Ubisoft appears to have done a very good job of allowing her to use her female strengths to her advantage without becoming a caricature.
She's also got some exclusive tools: a sugar cane machete plays the same role as Connor's tomahawk in Assassin's Creed 3, and a blowgun inspired by her African roots can shoot darts that kill enemies or make them go berserk and attack their friends.