Does the main character's gender have any impact on the quality of a storyline?
Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment thinks gender has zero impact, as co-game director Michel Koch explained during a recent Reddit AMA session .
In the game, the protagonist is a teenage girl and one poster said that while the concept seems interesting, he's not interested in high school girls as main characters, as the stories "seem to be focused more on drama and romance." Koch's response:
"To be honest we also really think that the gender of a main character is quite irrelevant when creating a good story, it really depends on how you write your characters in relation to the themes you are dealing with. Life is Strange is starring a teenage girl, you're right, but it is clearly not only a teenage girl story and we really think that both male players and female players will relate to this game and enjoy this adventure."
Of course, Dontnod encountered some resistance when pitching the game because the main character was a teenage girl. Creative Director Jean-Maxime Moris is on record saying Square Enix was "basically the only publisher who didn't want to change anything about the game."
Life is Strange launched on January 30 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Review coming soon.
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