Escape from Tarkov confirms no playable female characters because of ‘game lore’ and workload

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Lady guns are so complicated

Sorry, ladies, but it’s just too ding-dong-dang difficult to put y’all in Escape from Tarkov. That’s the cited reason why the game’s developer, Battlestate Games, has affirmed that there will be no playable female characters or even lady NPC combatants in the game. It’d just take too much time and effort to model female characters according to the official Twitter account, disregarding that the game apparently already has female NPCs not in combat.

The statements are an effort to attempt damage control following the game’s bump in popularity on Twitch and an old interview in which an employee claimed that “women can’t handle that amount of stress” as justification for the lack of playable ladies. The updated statement claims that this absence is due both to huge amounts of work needed for animation and due to the game’s lore. Official tweets attempted to distance the studio from the original statement, although the actual official statement of “because of lore” is dubious in its difference.

You may note that “women just take too long to animate” does not exactly ameliorate the issue; you may also note that it sounds wrong, something that has been confirmed by experienced developers. You may additionally note that far from fixing the statement about women handling stress, it subtly doubles down on that stance. You may further assume that the Twitter thread is full of exactly the sort of people who you would expect to insist that no one cares about playable women because that’ll save you the time of actually reading it.

You may also remember that the last major incident noted with Escape from Tarkov was the developer abusing DMCA takedown notices to kill videos that were critical of the game. So, you know. Context is everything. The game is getting noticed again due to a sudden jump in viewership on Twitch, if you’d altogether forgotten about it before now.

Source: Twitter, VG24/7

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Chosenxeno .

There needs to be some lore for how all those Male Characters were born f Females don’t exist lol

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The lore is not a valid excuse, they are just too lazy or not willing to hire more people to implement female models – you must spend some time to change even current male model into female one which they do not want to do. I agree that they will lose some customers over it but that is the choice they wanted to make. And it is not a “wrong” choice if they are satisfied with the loss of potential customers. Just like it would not be a “wrong” choice if another game developer would want to create game with only female characters. Get over it, people, nobody forces you to buy such games and you are free to make your own games with any kind of character selection.

Even MMOs do that – look at FFXIV and the choice of female Viera and male Hrothgar. This is yet again simply because of developers being lazy or not willing to hire more people. A lot of headgear still does not fit those new races in this game.

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NecrococoPlays

Guess it’s a game I won’t be playing. Funny how alienating half of the population is considered a valuable business move, but devs had often underestimated their female market. There’s a reason women are more likely to play certain types of games, especially those in which they feel at least somewhat represented, and I wonder at how much more successful some games would be were they not focused on one narrow demographic (this could apply to certain age groups, as well).

Having to play males-only in a multitude of gaming titles, it’s always amusing to me how low a tolerance male players have for gender locking when the roles are reversed.

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kgptzac

I am now wondering what kind of next-level lore this game has… it’s better be a reverse gender version of Queen’s Blade to be remotely acceptable.

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Alli

The lore excuse is extra ridiculous.

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Grave Knight

Can literally just use the same rig for male characters. The physiology of a human woman differs insignificantly from a male. As for lore, they’re the ones that are literally creating the lore. They might as well just say their sexist and move on.

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feleran

When forced to play a male character, let’s play a male character. I don’t see a problem with that.

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NeoWolf

I think you just answered your own question… because its “forced”. We don’t give money to companies for game to have choices forced on us, we give money to companies for games to provide us WITH choice.

And the ability to choose to play a character of one gender or the other in any game shouldn’t be a feature it should be a given. There are two genders, both deserve representation.

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Hamblepants

Just here for the mental gymnastics posts… <3

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Teh Beardling

I dont get devs aversion to female characters in things. Especially with the new trend of cosmetic micro transactions. Female cosmetics sell waaay more than male cosmetics usually. Because women gamers buy them and guys who play girl characters buy them. <- im one of those people. Seems to make alot business sense to me to add them but /shrug.

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Deadly Habit

The reality is companies do what bring them profits. If adding female models would sell a bunch of new copies vs adding new content or working on what’s there they would. I just wish devs and PR would outright say, we’re not doing that and you’re not our target audience and move on, because half the people feigning outrage about this had zero interest in the game to begin with as the comment sections all over the web reinforce.