The brutally enjoyable Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is set in, duh, medieval times. If one was to ask the developers of the game why you can't play as a female soldier, the answer should have been "because there weren't any".
But when a fan asked the question of Steve "Tibberius" Piggott, boss of developers Torn Banner, the answer she got was…strange.
This is a tough one, I actually think that adding female characters to a game like this would make it appeal less to females. Which at first sounds strange, but from my experience of the general maturity level of the internet and the unfortunately male dominated FPS market… I don't think that it would add to the experience for women or men given the actions that would likely occur.
Hopefully that helps you understand why we decided not to go that route… I am totally fine with women fighting, but its the fact that it would probably overall harm the way the community would play the game that has me concerned.
You're right. That does sound strange. And also totally wrong.