Insurgency: Sandstorm is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Developer New World Interactive reveals that the upcoming first person shooter will feature a female protagonist and will be released next year.
Insurgency: Sandstorm is just one of a handful of upcoming military shooters with playable female characters, as Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 also features a playable female sniper.
Insurgency: Sandstorm Announced, Has a Female Protagonist
In a press release, New World Interactive says that Insurgency: Sandstorm‘s “groundbreaking narrative” stars a female protagonist and is described as being like a “dark and understated indie film rooted in reality.” The female lead isn’t named, but New World does say that she, along with her sister and several other young girls, were previously “enslaved by radical insurgents.”
Having escaped, in the present day the game’s female protagonist is now part of a rebel faction, where she fights against the radical insurgents who held her captive. After “a key piece of information is discovered and our protagonist’s world is not what it seems,” she goes on a personal quest alongside three others, including a female fighter (her best friend who was also held captive), an American combat veteran and a French citizen who hasn’t seen combat.
Gameplay-wise Insurgency:Sandstorm players can expect close-quarter combat, light vehicles, new games modes designed for vehicle gameplay, four-player co-op or single player in the story mode and multiplayer.
While it’s positive to see a new game with a female protagonist (and a female supporting character too), that’s not the only reason to rave about Insurgency: Sandstorm. New World Interactive plans to avoid the “mindless killing” seen in other shooters, so that “players can stop and ask questions about the world a game represents.” The developer is also avoiding the sort of narrative found in “blockbuster military power fantasy movies.”
The glorification of war is one of the biggest issues that people have with military shooters and it’s one of the reasons why games like Spec Ops: The Line, a shooter which looks at the horrific aspects of combat, are so praised.
Games and media that indulges so-called “power fantasy” have also bene called out for fostering racism, xenophobia and negative feelings towards brown and Muslim people, contributing to things such as the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. Of course it’s too soon to say how well Sandstorm will be able to pull this off but the fact that New World Interactive is looking to avoid tropes is a good sign at least.
Insurgency: Sandstorm will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. A closed alpha will be available on PC later this year.