Sony Online Entertainment has announced that including playable female characters in its upcoming online post-apocalyptic survival game H1Z1 is a “top priority.”
The news was revealed through character lead designer Mat Broome, who shed some light on the development and creation of the game’s playable characters in a new blog post titled “The Gruesome and Gory details of H1Z1.”
“Early access is going to be awesome, because we won’t just be adding our own items, we’ll be carefully listening to the community on feedback for what’s important to them,” Broome wrote. “Top priorities are female characters and their own wearables as well. That means kick ass new boots, and more options for head gear and fatigues.”
“Coming soon we’ll be testing out female characters, multiple character races, and even multiple new zombie types as well massive brawlers that won’t let anyone stand in their way,” Broome continued. “Even more exciting is the upcoming military wearable system with tactical vest, helmets of all types, and Special Forces gear as well.”
“The new races and genders will provide us with a strong range of characters,” concluded the developer.
The focus on playable female characters will be a welcome sound to the community who mostly have complained about developers mostly tending to disregard playable female characters.
At E3 2014, Ubisoft came under fire when it revealed that Assassin’s Creed: Unity, a game that features up to four player co-op, will not have any playable female characters.
H1Z1 is scheduled for release in late 2014 for the PlayStation 4 and PC.