Publishers Wanted To Change Life Is Strange's Protagonists Into Men

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Dontnod Entertainment and Square Enix's Life Is Strange looks really interesting, but it was almost a very different game, according to a developer diary video posted this week.

Apparently Dontnod shopped the game around to a number of different publishers before going with Square Enix, and it turns out most of them wanted to change its protagonists into men. That would have been a real shame, but luckily it didn't happen.

"Square is basically the only publisher that didn't want to change a single thing about the game," Dontnod co-founder Jean-Maxime "J-Max" Moris says in the video. "We had other publishers telling us 'Make it a male lead character,' and Square didn't even question that once."


Life Is Strange casts you as a high school senior who rewinds time to solve a friend's disappearance. The first episode is scheduled to be released on Jan. 30.

Via NeoGAF

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I still have no idea why publishers still do this.

The movie industry did this too a few years back. After Elektra, Catwoman, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle bombed, a certain CEO stated the cause was because moviegoers have no interest in female leads in action movies... not because they were crap films. We're now living in a post-Hunger Games world.

I mean, do they exist in a universe that never got games like Tomb Raider, Metroid, Portal, Mirror's Edge, Perfect Dark, Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil 3, Silent Hill 3, No One Lives Forever, Infamous: First Light, Beyond: Two Souls, Bayonetta, The Last of Us: Left Behind, Bloodrayne, Transistor, Alien: Isolation, etc.

That doesn't even mention all those major-selling games with female-lead options, like Skyrim, Dark Souls, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Saints Row, Borderlands, Left 4 Dead, etc.

Stop it, publishers. In fact, as a heterosexual male, I PREFER staring at an aesthetically beautiful character for hours on end instead of another ugly bald, stubbly meathead.