The developers behind Tacoma and Gone Home explain why casts of diverse characters are the “most interesting” for them to create. The Fullbright Company also reveals why the team finds it so “satisfying” to present all different kinds of people in its games.
Both Gone Home and Tacoma feature female lead characters, with Tacoma making it on to our list of games with female protagonists that we are looking forward to this year.
Tacoma Story Team ‘Interested’ in Talking About Different Kinds of People
In an interview with Glixel (via Rolling Stone) about Tacoma, The Fullbright Company co-founder Karla Zimonja says that “We are interested in people and relationships with one another and there are a lot of people out there to explore. So it’s satisfying to us to try and branch out.”
Fullbright’s other co-founder, Steve Gaynor, adds that “It is always the most interesting for us to explore a variety of perspective and character types, people of different sexual orientations, different class backgrounds.” Additionally, “We want to look at how people from different perspectives all relate in the fictional world we are creating.”
Although this stance on diverse characters “primarily” comes from the two co-founders, Gaynor also says that the story team is “interested in wanting to talk about more and different kinds of people.” These characters are described as “interesting to us and relevant to the experience” too.
With Tacoma, there is a lot of opportunity to explore all of these different kinds of characters. The game is set on a space station in 2088 and sees player character Amy Ferrier find out more about the crew who lived and worked there, rewinding and fast-forwarding through moments captured on the surveillance system to discover why they ended up being evacuated.
Being much larger in scope than Gone Home, there is the understandable concern that Tacoma‘s narrative may not resonate as much or offer such a touching experience as Fullbright’s first game. But the game releases today on PC and Xbox One and the reviews seem to be mostly positive, which should alleviate concerns that bigger, this time, doesn’t actually mean better.
Tacoma is available on Windows PC, Mac and Xbox One.
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