Star Wars Battlefront 2 female lead character Iden Versio just ‘makes sense’ explains single player game director Mark Thompson. The developer has responded to concerns that some players may be upset that the game has a female protagonist.
When the game was announced last week, EA and DICE introduced female protagonist Iden Versio, who is a commander of the Inferno Squad group of Imperial soldiers.
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In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Thompson was asked about people on the Internet that “get a bit vocal” about games with female protagonists and accuse developers of pushing an agenda. The publication also questioned whether Star Wars fans – who are “used to” female leads from the films, Rey and Jyn – would be more “receptive” to Iden but Thompson doesn’t at all seem phased by any potential backlash and calls it “unimportant.”
My personal belief is it’s just about it making a good character, I don’t care about anything else. If the character makes sense to the story, if the character belongs in that universe then everything else is unimportant. Does it feel right for this story? Does it feel right for Star Wars? Is that character interesting and relatable, is it someone we can connect with? Those are the important things, everything else is unimportant.
The developer also discussed how difficult it is to make Star Wars Battlefront 2‘s female lead “relatable” given that she’s fighting for the Empire rather than for the Rebels, as has often been the point of view in the films. Thompson specifically references Alexander Freed’s Twilight Company novel (which tied in to the first Battlefront game) as an influence.
The book got into “some of the details that you don’t see in the movies, like where and when you can take off the helmet and what it means to be in and out of uniform and how she was a different soldier.” The game director calls this “quite inspiring” and says that it’s a “super interesting place for us to start exploring character and story.”
Given the Star Wars series’ history of well-written female characters, there were few doubts that Iden Versio would be similarly interesting. Rather, the concerns surrounded the way the game will portray the Empire and how it plans to avoid labelling the authoritarian government as the bad guys. Still though, we look forward to seeing what the development team can come up with and to finding out more about the game’s female protagonist when it launches later this year.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be released on November 17 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.