Recently, many big names in the games industry have voiced their support for more diversity in gaming. EA’s Peter Moore says that diversity is a “core” belief of EA, while the ESL and Intel teamed up for eSports diversity initiative, AnyKey, as they aim to create more opportunities and inclusive spaces for marginalised people.
Following in their footsteps is The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End director Neil Druckmann who says that diversity is just as important as a game’s graphics and its actual gameplay. Find out more after the break.
Uncharted 4 Dev Supports Diversity in Gaming
In an interview with The Frame, the Uncharted 4 dev says that as a writer, it is “absolutely” important to him to make sure that people in the game are women and people of colour.
Druckmann also tells the Southern Californian radio show that:
“I’ve been talking more and more about this recently with the team. When you make a game, you have these different pillars that you’re trying to balance. It’s graphics, it’s gameplay, it’s story and you’re trying not to let any one pillar overwhelm the other. You’re trying to just keep all of this stuff in your mind like, how does it all work together? Recently, I realized that there’s this other pillar of diversity. That’s just as important as any one of these other pillars.”
Druckmann also says that he has “empowered people on the team that have made this their top priority,” including Naughty Dog’s lead concept character artist Ashley Swidowski who is “constantly challenging” him and “pushing for diversity” in the cast.
The Uncharted 4 developer also adds that “I see myself as a pretty progressive person and yet my default is a white, straight, christian male,” which is “interesting,” he explains, as he’s Jewish and yet “that’s the norm for me right now.”
In The Last of Us’ Left Behind DLC, it’s revealed the Ellie is gay and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End featured a woman of colour in a key role (although the casting of her voice actor was met with controversy). It’s unclear how Naughty Dog plans to embrace diversity in future, but we’ll keep you posted.