Gears of War Wouldn’t Sell With A Female Protagonist, Epic Claims
The makers of Gears of War: Judgment don’t think a woman would make for a good protagonist. According to Epic Games’ art director Chris Perna, a female lead character would be “hard to justify” in any future installment of the series.
Speaking to the Official Xbox Magazine, Perna shared his belief that a Gears title with a woman at the forefront would hurt the game’s sales potential.
“That’s certainly interesting but I don’t know. If you look at what sells, it’s tough to justify something like that,” said Perna, who spoke at length about the series’ portrayal of women, whom he describes as “butch”.
“In Gears you kind of need dirt. If you want to create this attractive, stereotypical, sexy female—a lot of games do that and it’s kind of cliché at this point,” he said.
“You see the implants and the blonde hair and pants and you roll your eyes—it’s almost like the game geek’s idealization of what a woman should be. I think because we didn’t go that route we have more believability… we’ve got more butch characters.”
“They’re still feminine,” he went on. “Anya in Gears 3 comes across as being very feminine, and I think it works.”
Regardless of Epic’s decision to shy away from female protagonists, I can’t help but laud their decision to not sex up their characters for the sake of fanservice.