Gender diversity in gaming is something that players have felt lacking for many years. Although the scales have balanced a little more in recent times, the number of women-led video games that represent female characters with the same respect as their male counterparts still leaves something to be desired.
This year’s E3 event has brought some change on that front, however, with publishers announcing many new titles and sequels featuring powerful leading ladies. Of course, this has not been met with open arms on all accounts. A quick look at the comment section on any of the trailers for these games will give you an idea of the discontent spawned by the prospect of headlining games with female playable characters. Outcries by fans that publishers are pandering to “political correctness” are widespread.
However, publishers are certainly promising some spectacular gaming experiences for the coming months, and if they include more well-written and -represented woman characters, all the better!
Here is a selection of some of the big titles announced recently at E3 2018 that promise to hit the mark for gamers that want to play as a bad-ass female character.
In Cyberpunk 2077 you play V, a fully customizable character with the option to select your own gender and appearance as well as historical background. It seems as though these choices will shape your playthrough experience, and it has been confirmed that you can romance characters of any gender, regardless of your own. Cyberpunk 2077 has no official release date as of yet.