Capcom, while repeating that a release date has not been decided for Deep Down, has been swarmed with controversy surrounding the revelation that the game will not feature playable female characters. As a female who enjoys playing female characters, the information is a bit disappointing. But to condemn Capcom for not including a playable female protagonist? It seems a bit silly. Not to mention it yanks up that nasty entitled gamer topic that I’m always rolling my eyes about.
Producer Kazunori Sugiura addressed the criticism. “From our overseas firm, there was big misconception in an article claiming that there were 12 main characters in Deep Down, all of them male. As the person in charge on the development side, I’d like to explain the matter,” he continued, “There is one male main character in Deep Down. The story is being developed around him and his surrounding Ravens comrades.”
I’m not understanding how people can still be so verbal about this explanation. If Capcom had been emanating sexist vibes, or we come to find out that there are specific shots against women in the game… then maybe this criticism would be applicable. However, the argument against Deep Down has only heightened the presence of the “checklist” in games. Creative decisions are being buried beneath the stern scrutiny of the public which try to force developers to follow the obnoxious feedback of gamers in order to create a “successful” game…. which is absolutely ridiculous! I love the idea of having the choice to play as either a male or female character. I love the idea of introducing more strong female protagonists! But taking shots at a game that is simply trying to play out its own particular storyline is childish.
However, I do understand the confusion Sugiura’s comments may have caused, particularly considering the fact that Deep Down is a co-operative multiplayer title. What is this main character supposed to be in terms of each player containing their own specific character?