Wed, Jul 03, 2013 | 22:07 BST
Natural Selection 2 is getting a female marine in September sporting full armor
Natural Selection 2 is getting a female marine, and she will be completely covered – like one would normally dress when battling aliens.
According to developer Unknown Worlds, the “game industry has a history of depicting female characters inappropriately,” and it chose not to follow suit.
“Often, they are stylised to such a degree that they become sexual objects: While their male comrades are clothed, armed and armored to fight, the female character is notable for the lack of any clothing at all,” the firm wrote. “When female characters are granted equal protection, that protection often ignores basic laws of physics in favor of offering titillating form.
“This is not good enough, and it’s not a trope Unknown Worlds will entertain. Games are legitimate cultural influences, and game developers are responsible for the message they choose to convey to players.
“The Natural Selection 2 female marine is first and foremost, like her male colleague, a soldier. Her armor puts function before form, while adopting the science fiction, melee combat aligned design ques that have made the male marine so uniquely recognizable.”
The female marine is currently still in development, but look for her to be available by September as a free update.