Developer Dotnod Entertainment has revealed that it was a difficult task finding a publisher for Remember Me due to its lead female character.
Speaking to Penny Arcade, creative director Jean-Max Morris said, “We had some that said, ‘Well, we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.”
“We wanted to be able to tease on Nilin’s private life, and that means for instance, at one point, we wanted a scene where she was kissing a guy,” Morris added. “We had people tell us, ‘You can’t make a dude like the player kiss another dude in the game, that’s going to feel awkward.'”
Morris noted the notion of a male lead only demand as “extremely weird.” He added, “There’s a level of immersion that you need to be at, but it’s not like your sexual orientation is being questioned by playing a game.”
Chris Perna, the art director at Epic Games said last month that female lead characters in the Gears of War series could mean bad business. “If you look at what sells, it’s tough to justify something like that,” he said at the time.
Remember Me is scheduled for release for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on June 4. And if you’re wondering, it was Capcom who came out and agreed to publish the game.