Gearbox, responsible for the fantastic Brothers In Arms and Borderlands series, have responded to claims that females will be absent in their new IP, Aliens: Colonial Marines.
This situation arose when fans of the iconic film franchise took to the web to voice their concerns that females could take a back seat to male-dominated action, or even be removed completely. For those unfamiliar with the Alien franchise, this backlash may come across as surprising, especially considering the amount of testosterone fuelled shooters currently on the market, most of which have gone on sale without nay a female in gameplay sight.
However, the Alien franchise is renowned for establishing and maintaining a strong female lead, primarily Sigourney Weaver’s role as Ripley, laying to rest the myth that women aren’t as combat effective as men.
Even Prometheus, the latest film set in the Alien Universe, maintains a strong female as its leading protagonist. Therefore, it seems only natural that the same should apply to the franchise’s video game counter-part.
As a result, Randy Pitchford, CEO for Gearbox was forced to release a statement:
“We realised some people were starting to feel bad. We exist to entertain people. I want everybody to be clear that there are playable females in both the multiplayer and the campaign.”
How do you feel about this news? Do you feel that despite the strong presence of females in the Alien franchise that Colonial Marines should remain a male-dominated character driven game, or do you welcome the gender equality? Let us know in the comments below.