July 6, 2022

“Escape From Tarkov” Devs Refuse to Add Playable Female Characters into Game

In a story that has blown up on social media, Battlestate Games is in the middle of a bit of a dumpster fire. The development team that has been working on Escape From Tarkov for a number of years. Escape From Tarkov has recently seen a surge in popularity thanks to Twitch.

Battlestate made the controversial statement that they would not be adding playable female characters into the game. Twitter users have pounced on this statement in full-force. Battlestate said the following;

“…there will be no playable female characters because of game lore and more importantly – the huge amount of work needed with animations, gear fitting etc”.

The Twittersphere erupted over this statement, with two clear modes of rationale being notable. One side of the fence jumped on Battlestate for not being more gender-inclusive and making war seem like a “man’s game” (no pun intended). Some members with this opinion also noted how Battlestate made the game’s lore and made the game’s rules.

The other side of the fence were in defence of Battlestate for sticking to their own guns – no pun intended – when designing their own game. Battlestate was also commended for not bowing down to liberal social media users and working to their own agenda.

Whichever side of the fence you fall on, there’s been a lot of discussion about it.

This is a Man’s World…

Interestingly enough, Battlestate’s comments came in light of previous comments made in 2016 by Battlestate employee Pavel Dyatlov.

When asked about having female characters playable, Dyatlov commented saying “…women are not allowed to be in the war”. When probed further, he added; “women can’t handle that amount of stress. There’s only place for hardened men in this place”.

These comments did not “reflect the official position of the company”. Battlestate also added how they “always respected women in wars and military women”.

…But it Would Be Nothing Without a Woman or a Girl

Thankfully though, women do exist within the world of Tarkov. Some of them appear as NPCs, in positions such as traders. However, the sheer fact that Battlestate is bluntly refusing to add female characters into the roster might be too hard of a pill for many to swallow. Especially considering Dyatlov’s comments.

Many on Twitter have, essentially, said they refuse to purchase the game based on the devs’ stance. Whether or not Battlestate will change their mind remains to be seen.

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However, a company taking such a daring stance in 2020 is most definitely a brave one. Let us know what you think about this situation down in the comments section, regardless of whether you agree with Battlestate or not.


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