Chivalry: Medieval Warfare developer says female characters make the game less appealing to women
Posted: 01.11.2012 10:01 by Nick Akerman Comments: 5
One of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare's game developers has written a forum post suggesting why the game features a lack of female characters. According to Steve 'Tibberius' Piggott, including playable women wouldn't add to the experience.

He responded to this question from Livipedia:

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. Female knights? But isn't this medieval? Aren't women forbidden from entering combat? Well, maybe, but it's also fictional. The Agatha Knights and the Mason Order may be based on some historical entities, but, bottom line is, it's still fiction. That leaves room for a ton of options.

My question is, what would the developers have to lose if they added a female option for each class? Right now, as far as I can tell, you don't even have female NPCs (even the peasants standing in the crowd and running around in the villages are all male, from what I can see.) And, yes, I am okay with seeing women as well as men get their heads chopped off, this is a mature game.

Here's Piggott's reply:

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.

Check out the complete forum thread right here.
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By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Nov 01, 2012
That's a weird argument!...I don't care TBH.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Nov 01, 2012
Nobody wants to be slain by a female charachter apparently.Weird.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Nov 01, 2012
I think that the lines"Die bitch die" is so much worse than "die g'' die".
I have always had a hard time understanding why it is somehow less OK to kill some people than others - if you kill - you kill - that's it. How, when or what are just a little seasoning to the sallad...

Same when you are crying bigotry, sexist, personal insults at anyone - if you are insulting someone you are insulting them. Just because that person isn't part of a minority doesn't mean they somehow feel any less harassed or not...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 05, 2012
Well, "Bullcrap" is a word that comes to mind immediatly, as the swaying breasts and hip-length splits in gowns never harmed "The Witcher"'s popularity, even among female players. As long as they allowed them use swords and various other weaponry then it was fine. Same with "Dragon Age". Hell, why not have female knights? Might not be authentic, but then this IS only a game.
Too much navel gazing and not enough fact finding.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Nov 05, 2012
Why just not fess up and say - time=money and we didn't really needed to bother since the majority of the players are males - problem solved - we went statistical for development and saving bucks doing so...