For many years, Minecraft’s only default character skin on consoles belonged to a guy named Steve. As of this week, that’s changing. Soon you’ll be able to play as a woman, too.

On Wednesday, developer Mojang will release a new set of skins for a lady they’re calling Alex (pictured in various forms above). Minecraft players will get it for free on every platform, and anyone who starts a new game will now get to decide between Steve and Alex, which is rad, because diverse choices are a Very Good Thing. (Alex was previously available on PC, but she’ll now be open to all players.)


Now who wants to write the first piece of Steve/Alex fanfiction?

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Note: The original headline read “Minecraft Adds Woman Main Character.” We’ve changed it to clarify that Alex was already available on PC.

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