Quirky dating sim Boyfriend Dungeon will feature female and non-binary characters as playable protagonists and love interests. The game, developed by Moon Hunters creator Kitfox Games, allows players to date weapons that have come to life.
Boyfriend Dungeon will join the incredibly small list of games with non-binary characters as either NPCs or playable characters.
Boyfriend Dungeon‘s Diverse Characters ‘Reflect More of Humanity’
Boyfriend Dungeon is an unusual dating sim as the player character’s love interests are weapons that have come to life. Described as a “shack-and-slash” game, Kitfox Games’ next title lets players “plunder” dungeons to take their weapons on dates, as players “capture the hearts of cuties to level them up.”
But as weird as the game’s concept is, Kitfox is making an effort to make its dating sim inclusive. In an email, Kitfox Games director Tanya X. Short confirms that players can choose to be male, female or non-binary.
Male and female love interests are also confirmed and Kitfox would like to add a non-binary love interest too. Though Short says that “We’ll obviously need to involve sensitivity consultants” and so the developer isn’t ready to share more about the character just yet.
Short explains that “We want Boyfriend Dungeon to be a world that’s interesting and multi-faceted, which I think is only possible when you try to reflect more of humanity.” Kitfox Games is “a diverse team (not only in personality but in race, gender, sexuality),” says the developer, “it wouldn’t be true to us if we limited our characters.”
“Our approach to inclusion [in future] will depend on the game,” says Short. Discussing the inclusion of characters of color in the studio’s games, the developer explains that Moon Hunters was based on ancient Assyria (which includes the Middle East and Northern Africa) while characters in The Shrouded Isle were “implied” to be white Slavic.
“What I can promise you is that Kitfox will always create games, characters, and fictional worlds thoughtfully, and listen to criticisms so we can continue to always improve.”
Boyfriend Dungeon will be released in 2019. Platforms have yet to be announced.
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