Farming Simulator 17, the latest in what I find to be a truly bafflingly popular series, goes beyond just adding new vehicles, branded machines, animals and crops. Now you can pick to be a male or female farmer when creating your avatar in the game, with customisable clothes and everything. That runs right through the game, with both men and women coming to give you a hand ploughing that furrow and doing all the other farming tasks through the day.
When it’s someone like Ubisoft or EA and some of their biggest franchises, there’s often a bit of an argument about whether or not it’s historically accurate, or some other lame excuse, but there’s no such argument here. I’m not entirely sure of their maths, but the Daily Mail wrote back in 2014 that British female farmers had “doubled” in number over the course of five years, going from 13,000 to 23,000.
Farming Simulator 17 was first revealed back at E3 with the following cinematic trailer and the announcement of mod support coming to the console version of the game for the first time.
Source: press release