Aliens: Colonial Marines may feature a female playable character after all

Brian Burleson, a producer on the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines, upset quite a few people when he stated during an interview that “there will be no playable females” in the upcoming title.  This, of course, is a little disheartening not only because as a woman, I like to have my gender represented in gaming as a little more than just T&A but because it’s Aliens.  The series already prominently features women.  Why would they be excluded now from being a playable character?

Heather Anne Campbell, a tad perturbed about this, took to Twitter to get some answers.  To field her questions, Mike Neumann, a writer for Aliens: CM.

The conversation goes on for a bit between the two of them.  Neumann responds, saying that he that he understands that women are important to the Aliens franchise and that having strong female characters in the story is important.  He laments the fact that he can’t get into specifics and stops just short of saying that they actually have a female in the roster of playable characters.

However, he can speak from a story perspective and tweets:

Speaking from a story perspective, the heart of the story in the game is a character named Bella.  A female, and the best I’ve ever written.

That would sound almost certain, wouldn’t it?  However jaded types might conclude that just because a female happens to be at the heart of the story, that doesn’t mean that the game will feature female playable characters.



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  • Benjamin May

    I think she’s right. The Aliens series has always featured strong women as characters – especially Ripley, the series protagonist, of course. Therefore it seems only right that the player should be able to choose to play as a female in both the story or the multiplayer if they want to.

  • petrol

    I also hate the lack of female protagonists in games these days! wtf is going on….

  • Bella ?!, naaaah not so sure.

  • Ty

    The main protagonist of every Alien movie has been a women.
    It wouldn’t make sense to exclude having a women as a playable main character.

  • Henrikm

    Yeah Iam a man but when I first checked about this one and following information thereafter even I was a little, what? No another testerone marine game “brother” in arms kinda game.
    I mean both first and seconed, especially seconed alien movie had cool man AND female characters/marines in the movies.
    So why not have a Vasquez /Ripley like marine/character in this game too then?
    Well hope they dont write in a female just too please the female players and she has no depth what so ever.
    But its seems to be the case of most soldier/marine kinda videogame out there
    we all know females has been part of the military life since well ages now but stil its mostly “manly” man that is portrayed.
    But I seen this before IGA who are the mastermind behind the metroied Castlevania series has never had a female main hero til Order of Esccalia(spelling?) his reason was that he made all the female damsel in distress mainly cus he found it so hard to write a female portrayl.
    I guess it might be a reason for other studios too? But still there has also been studios that done this opposite and written very good female leads so its should not be a reason too not include the opposite gender….
    Well should stop rambling now but yeah lets see how this turns out in Aliens:CM.

  • Femmewerks/ farahwhite

    I freaking loved being Bella!!!!!!!! I think the game is going to kill it!


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