In the more than 12 years that I have been working in video game media, I can count on one hand how many times I have interviewed female developers. One of these, of course, had to be thanks to Life is Strange, a series that has taken the banner of diversity because not all of us in the world are white, muscular and straight men.
Prior to the launch of the new game, True colors, we had the opportunity to speak with Felice Kuan, lead writer of Deck Nine (also developers of Before the Storm) and Erika Mori, who will play Alex Chen, the Asian American protagonist in this story.
In this short talk, we delve into the ways in which Life is Strange: True Colors it will give more diversity to video games.
Life is Strange has already had LGBT and ethnic protagonists, so its new title, True colors, it will go down that same line.
‘Steph comes back and she’s a character that you can have a full romance with. Alex can start a relationship with her.
In addition, Steph will have his own DLC, which is set a year before the events of True Colors.‘Kuan explained to us and continued:
‘LGBTQ + and racial representation is very important to the Deck Nine team. We have the resources and the talent to implement these themes in a compelling way and we enjoy writing about this in our games. ‘
‘I’m excited to bring to life an Asian American who is a protagonist in the world of video games’Erika Mori told us with emotion.
‘Growing up, I didn’t see a ton of characters or role models that looked like me, so I know how important it is to be able to identify.’
In addition, he also highlighted one of the scarcest diversity points that video games have had.
Diversity of bodies In Life is Strange: True Colors:
‘I also like that he brings diversity of bodies into the mix. This is different from the typical female body I’ve seen (in video games) ‘Mori explained.
And if we remember the scandal that was made by Abby’s body from The Last of Us 2, it is certainly welcome.
Empathy – the basis of Life is Strange: True Colors:
Erika Mori also told us:
‘Even outside of race or gender, I think players with all kinds of backgrounds and identities will be able to identify with certain parts of Alex. He’s a very relatable character. ‘
And that is precisely what he wants to generate the most True colors: empathy. In fact, this time the player’s power is not to stop time or anything like that, but to empathy.
Alex will be able to feel what the other characters are experiencing and this will certainly add more layers of depth to the story.
On True colorsAlmost from the beginning of the game, Alex loses his brother, and this is how he can explore his powers of empathy and their past.
Life is Strange: True Colors It will be released on September 10 this year on PS4, PC, PS5, Xbox Series, and Xbox One.
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