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No boob armour or chainmail bikinis for War of the Vikings’ new female warriors

Friday, 16th May 2014 04:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

War of the Vikings developer Fatshark has made good on its promise to bring female character to its hack-and-slash multiplayer title – and also on its promise to ensure said females aren’t overly sexualised.

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Executive producer Gordon Van Dyke was really excited when he learned that female warriors were a historical fact of viking culture, but he was determined to do right by the material.

Although the shield maidens aren’t exactly the broken-nosed hunks of muscle you might have expected, they’re also no prancing about in high heels, a chainmail thong and chest plates moulded into boobs; any armorer will tell you a shape like that would be useless and potentially deadly on the battlefield.

“Out of all of the research and study that went into designing War of the Vikings, the history surrounding shieldmaidens was some of the most fascinating and controversial,” Van Dyke said.

“Our design reflects the preparations that any warrior, male or female, would have made for battle: practical protection, not sexualized fantasy. We’ve saved the physics for the combat, where it belongs.”

As well as adding female warriors, the update includes new maps, weapons, and female faces for all existing classes.

Grab the Shieldmaiden mini-expansion to start playing as one of the toughest women in history; the update is free, although you can also fork out $5 for a customisation pack – sans boob armour. Happily, if you own one of the two premium versions of the game that shipped with extra customisation for male characters, you already own this pack, too. Nice.

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10 Comments

  1. dazedonthemoon

    So instead of boob armour, it’s boob crushing armour.

    #1 5 months ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    @dazedonthemoon there’s a lot more room in medieval armour than you realise; it’s not a flak vest or whatever. Plus boobs are soft, and nowhere near as big as porn and video games would have you believe. They just pack in. It’s really, really not an issue.

    #2 5 months ago
  3. Selderane

    “We did a ton of research and discovered that Shield Maidens wore good and proper armor, just like the lads. So we’re proud of that,” Van Dyke reported. “But we can’t be completely realistic so we attached these wings on the helmets that in real combat would be used like proper levers by the enemy. One good yank and either the helmet comes off or you’re flat on your ass.”

    #3 5 months ago
  4. dazedonthemoon

    @Brenna Hillier
    Haha while I agree with you, my comment was mostly me being silly. But I have known (and touched) many a large breasted women and though I know on average breasts were much smaller way back then, I’m sure there was a few endowed lady Vikings wishing there was a variant chestpiece to accommodate them.
    In all serious though, I’m glad a game like this took a stand against the constant sexualization of female warriors in games. It was getting absurd.

    #4 5 months ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @Brenna Hillier

    That comment makes me curious, how many armor sets did you wear in your life?

    #5 5 months ago
  6. Logion

    I wish more developers could do this.

    #6 5 months ago
  7. bradk825

    I’d be nervous about getting stabbed directly in the boobs personally.

    In all seriousness, the game looks promising.

    #7 5 months ago
  8. boskoz

    I remember the “Sword Sister” unit from the real last good game Paradox did (M&B Warband) and it was full heavy plate armor, no boobs or bikini, so this choice is nothing new regarding this company.

    #8 5 months ago
  9. game_on

    Basically this learns us two things: no tits in War of the Vikings and Gordon van Dyke (harhar) is a moral fag. Glad I got Saints Row the Third for free on Xbox Live today. Gonna make myself a character with the biggest weapons of mass distraction you’ve ever seen!

    #9 5 months ago
  10. DarkElfa

    I think we should just have all our genitals removed and become sexless automatons.

    I find that people rarely need actual reasons to be offended, just opportunities.

    #10 5 months ago

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