Minecraft is currently the third best-selling game of all time as it’s sold over 54 million copies across PC, Mac, mobile and consoles. There’s also a Minecraft movie on the way and although the game’s developer Mojang was raking it in already, Mojang’s co-founders became filthy, stinking rich last year when Microsoft bought the developer for $2.5 billion.
The game itself is just as mind-boggling as those figures. Some of Minecraft‘s most popular creations include supercomputers that are capable of processing actual data, the entirety of Denmark was once recreated in the game and there’s even a Minecraft version of Westeros, the fictional setting of Game of Thrones.
All of these creations and all of this success and yet it took Mojang five years to introduce a female character on PC and Mac. Minecraft‘s console players have had to wait even longer but now, a female character named “Alex” is coming to the PlayStation and Xbox versions of the game.
Meet Minecraft‘s Female Character – “Alex”
By default, Minecraft players take on the role of Steve and they can run around, strong-arming pigs, attacking zombies with pork chops and causing mass deforestation as the blue-shirted man. But Mojang recognises the fact that “jolly old Steve doesn’t really represent the diversity of [their] playerbase” and that’s why they’re bringing Alex to PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One after she was introduced to PC and Mac back in August.
Alex will be introduced to the console versions of Minecraft via a free update. Her default look is as a white woman with a green shirt and red hair but thankfully, Mojang is also including seven other skins (which are the same as Steve’s) that make Alex a lot more diverse. For example, there’s “Boxer Alex”, “Cyclist Alex”, “Scottish Alex” and “Pantsuit Alex” who is the female equivalent to “Tuxedo Steve”, with some of the skins changing Alex’s ethnicity too.
Mojang says that the free Alex update will be rolled out on consoles tomorrow (Wednesday the 28th of April, 2015) so look out for a download then.