details the upcoming addition of the promised female Marine for Natural
, their action/strategy sequel. They describe the three different
versions they will offer, and note that they are breaking with how most
developers portray female characters by actually giving her armor. Here's
The game industry has a history of depicting female characters
inappropriately. Often, they are stylised to such a degree that they become
sexual objects: While their male comrades are clothed, armed and armoured to
fight, the female character is notable for
the lack of any clothing at all. When female characters are granted equal
protection, that protection often
ignores basic laws of physics in favour of offering titillating form.
This is not good enough, and it’s not a trope Unknown Worlds will entertain.
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 armour puts
function before form, while adopting the science fiction, melee combat aligned
design ques that have made the male marine so uniquely recognisable.