With popular shooters now incorporating female characters into their titles, EA development studio DICE said they’ve been weighing the option in terms of development of female characters in future Battlefield games, according to a report today from VG 24/7.
In an interview with OXM, Battlefield 4 executive producer Patrick Bach said DICE has been kicking around the idea of incorporating female characters into future iterations of the franchise, but they would have to weight the move’s “worth” in comparison to how much “sacrifice” the developer would have to make.
“It’s not just [creating] the actual character models; it’s all the voice-over work,” Bach said. “We have hundreds of thousands of lines that would need to be duplicated, because even now we’re cheating quite a lot. We have random male voices, and then you have to multiply that by two.”
If DICE were to green-light developing female characters for its future Battlefield games, Bach said they don’t want to do it half way.
“If we do it, we’ll do it right, not just to tick a box or something,” Bach said.
Capybara Games president Nathan Vella told OXM earlier this month that he feels developers shouldn’t just add female characters just for the sake of balancing the sexes in games, but rather they should fight sexism by creating meaningful female characters the developers feel passionate about.
“I think maybe –– without trying to over-simplify it because I do think that there are certain components of inherent sexism in terms of game protagonists these days –– I think that the way it gets dealt with the best, the way that it gets dealt with the easiest, is just by honestly putting a character in the game that you feel passionate about putting in the game,” Vella said.
When it comes out, Call of Duty: Ghosts will feature female soldiers in its multiplayer, which OXM reports took a “massive overhaul” of the game’s engine.
Battlefield 4 drops for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 on Oct. 29 and launches alongside the Xbox One and PS4 when the next-gen consoles hit shelves in mid- and late-November.