Remember Me dev told a female lead will not succeed by publishers
French developer Dontnod has revealed that the game had been rejected by publishers on a basis of the its female protagonist, Nilin.
Jean-Max Morris, the game's creative director has revealed that on publisher said flat out that games female characters cannot succeed - a way of thinking now disproved by Tomb Raider.
Morris explained, "We had some that said, 'Well, we don't want to publish it because that's not going to succeed. You can't have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.'"
That wasn't the only objection though. He went on, "We wanted to be able to tease on Nilin's private life, and that means for instance, at one point, we wanted a scene where she was kissing a guy. We had people tell us, 'You can't make a dude like the player kiss another dude in the game, that's going to feel awkward.'"
"I'm like, 'If you think like that, there's no way the medium's going to mature'," Morris added. "There's a level of immersion that you need to be at, but it's not like your sexual orientation is being questioned by playing a game. I don't know, that's extremely weird to me."
Remember Me is due out this June on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC and it looks rather good so far.
Thanks Penny Arcade Report.
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