Chivalry: Medieval Warfare contains no female characters, because that would “make it appeal less” to women, apparently.
Challenged by a forumite as to why there are no female characters – even NPCs or non-combatants – in the hack-and-slasher, team lead Tibberius ignored the old “historical accuracy” chestnut in favour of a somewhat baffling shot in the dark regarding the preferences of female gamers.
“I actually think that adding female characters to a game like this would make it appeal less to females,” the developer said.
“Which at first sounds strange,” Tibberius added, quite accurately, “But from my experience of the general maturity level of the internet and the unfortunately male dominated FPS market I don’t think that it would add to the experience for women or men given the actions that would likely occur.”
“Hopefully that helps you understand why we decided not to go that route,” the developer concluded.
“I am totally fine with women fighting, but its the fact that it would probably overall harm the way the community would play the game that has me concerned.”
We’ve reached out to Torn Banner Studios for more insight into what this means.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a first-person multiplayer combat affair which launched in mid-October.