Ubisoft copped a fair bit of flak during this year’s E3, mainly due to the lack of playable female characters in its upcoming roster of games. For a while the focus lingered over Assassin’s Creed Unity before turning to Far Cry 4.
It was only a matter of time before people started to eye up some of Ubi’s other titles on show. Though Rainbow Six Siege avoided any major controversy, some wondered whether the female hostage shown during the stage demo would be a template for the rest of the game’s rescue missions.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun posed the question to technical artist, Oliver Couture, who said the following:
I know some people asked about the hostage in the demo. I mean, when we did that design we felt a lot of empathy with the hostage. We wanted people to want to protect her. If the hostage gets killed a team loses the game, so we wanted players to care about the hostage so that’s the design we chose. But we’re also gonna have male hostages. That’s part of the plan.
The representation of females has always been an in issue within the video game industry and one which has bubbled to the surface in recent years. Whatever your opinion on the matter, Rainbow Six Siege looks like an interesting departure from previous games in the series, focusing on fully destructible environments and enhanced next-gen AI.
It’s not the only FPS franchise to be shaking things up either. Earlier in the month we reported on all the major shooters releasing within the next year or so, many of which are alternating from their usual formulas.