Team Fortress 2 almost introduced playable female characters, according to newly revealed work by a former artist for the game.
Team Fortress 2 is a free to play shooter from Valve (the platform holder of Steam) that only includes playable male characters. But former artist Drew Wolf describes an “internal pitch project” that could have seen women become playable in the popular game.
Team Fortress 2 Female Character Concept Art Revealed
Former Valve artist Drew Wolf recently gave his website an overhaul, which included the reveal of previously unpublished designs and concept art. One set of art was for Team Fortress 2, as Wolf describes an “internal pitch project” to bring playable female characters to the hit, free to play title.
The artist, who worked at Valve for nine years, explains that “With the exception of their class function, It was important that each design presented an entirely new character.” He adds, “I wanted these characters to live on their own and add dimension to the current roster of in-game characters. The goal of the project was to dive deep into possibilities and facilitate creative discussion.”
It’s unclear why Valve decided to pass on adding female characters to the game, but many fans have their fingers crossed that the company will revisit the idea in future. Making a shooter with characters that reflect a playerbase of women, including women of colour and bigger body types, worked for Overwatch, after all. The addition of new characters would also allow Valve to sell even more cosmetics, and so it’s a win-win.
But others argue that it’s because of Overwatch‘s success that Valve will not add women to Team Fortress 2 in future. When it comes to inclusive shooters with a cartoon sheen, Overwatch has the market on lock and Valve may not see the need to invest in its game if it is only going to compete directly with Blizzard’s title.
Some have also pointed out that Valve’s support of Team Fortress 2 has been waning for some time, making new characters even more unlikely. But with the demand for female characters on the rise, if Valve makes a Team Fortress 2, playable ladies will be a must.
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