According to a report today from VG 24/7, Quantic Dream boss and Beyond: Two Souls author David Cage said he shrugged off suggestions that a female protagonist could hinder the development or reception of the game.
Cage, who penned the 2,000-page script by himself, said he enjoys writing female characters, and that it feels like it comes natural to him.
However, Cage said he did receive some criticism from outsiders that his female protagonist Jodie Holmes could somehow sink the game’s popularity.
Cage said he’d often get questions like, “Do you realize that it’s a risk to have a female protagonist,” or, “Oh, do you really think gamers want to be this young girl? They want to be guys, dudes, with big muscles and big guns.”
But Cage said he would scoff even at the notion, giving gamers a little more credit than the stereotypical misogynistic attitude toward gaming.
“And I say, ‘Well, OK, some gamers may think that way.’ But other people may be more open-minded and think, ‘OK, if she’s an interesting character, and if I feel emotionally engaged in the story then okay, what’s the problem?’ Cage said. “And that’s my hope.”
The author and developer gave kudos to Oscar-nominated actor Ellen Page for her portrayal of Jodie in the game, which only led to the credibility of the character as a strong female protagonist.
“I think Ellen is an extraordinary Jodie Holmes, she gave an incredible performance, and I think she has a very strong journey,” Cage said. “So I can’t see why it would be a problem to have a female protagonist.”
Beyond: Two Souls hits shelves in North America on Oct. 8.