There are no playable female characters in Aliens: Colonial Marines . But an online petition is trying to change that.
As reported by various sources, the poll in question has surpassed 2,000 signatures; the original goal was only half that.
Obviously, a great many think it's only right that we have the option of playing as a female in the game. After all, you're talking about a franchise that has always starred strong women; I think we all remember Sigourney Weaver as Ripley. But there were a few others, too, and petition creator Melissa K. had this to say in the game's forums :
"We believe Aliens is the perfect starting point for developers to start including playable females in more multiplayer shooters… There are many females that enjoy playing video games and are fans of the films who are tired of playing as a male all the time. Let's let Gearbox Software see how important this is to the Aliens franchise!
What we want is the ability to create a custom female to represent ourselves just like the men can, in multiplayer/co-op in order for us to 'become a Colonial Marine' as well as accurately represent the other half of the United States Colonial Marine Corps!"
Maybe Sega just thinks that very few women play shooters. And while there's no doubt that the majority of FPS fans are indeed male, that doesn't necessarily mean the number of female players is "few." In fact, we're willing to bet it's quite a bit more than "few."
Related Game(s): Aliens: Colonial Marines