New Square Enix Farming Game Lets Players Be Gender-Neutral

Harvestella's characters stand in front of the game's gender selection screen.

Male, female, and cool hat. All genders are considered.
Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

There shouldn’t be a demand from gamers to have more gender-inclusive pronoun options in a video game, especially RPGs. A Square Enix producer believes that helping gamers feel welcome by including non-binary pronouns is such a small question that making it part of his new game was a no-brainer.

The game in question is cute farming simulator. In the harvestwhich was released by RPG giant Square Enix just yesterday. On PC and Switch. Like Stardew Valleyletters in In the harvest They are charged with taking care of the crops, befriending their neighbors and disaster control in case of environmental disasters. In the harvestAs Eurogamer pointed out today, there’s a character creator feature that gives players the option to choose male, female, or non-binary pronouns.

In one Interview with Eurogamer, producer Daisuke Taka said he thinks it’s “completely normal” for games to include a non-binary option for players. While having gender-neutral pronouns feels like a small part of Farming Sim as a whole, Taka said it’s important to let players choose their gender identity because the game is aimed “for everyone.”

“Harvestella’s main character is the player,” Tikka explained Eurogamer. “We thought it was important that players create their own character, choosing different elements, including gender, appearance, voice and name. We felt it was important so players are not limited, and feel free to express themselves. Think as they want and as a result become very attached to their character.

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Recently, characters in video games that have come out as gender neutral have become the rage of the gaming community’s biased peanut gallery. Look no further than the vocal minority within Guilty Gear Strive There was conniptions when the fighting came into the community Bridget And Testament Came out as transgender and non-binary, respectively. Fee Fee was so hurt, a Truglodyte took it upon himself to impersonate a customer service representative and Fake emails about Bridget’s gender.

In recent times Square Enix has been making strides in making sure that some of its games are more inclusive. In a ___ Interview with July 2021 Gamer, A remake of Final Fantasy VII Co-director Motomo Toriyama said LGBTQ+ inclusion is an important issue for both gamers and developers.

“I A remake of Final Fantasy VIIwe recreated the original game using the latest technology, but we felt that it shouldn’t hold back on the technical side and we needed to update the story content to suit modern sensibilities,” Toriyama said. . Gamer. That same month, the company A non-binary character mascot debutedMina, for this year’s pride.

However, the JRPG giant doesn’t always get it right. For example, one wants to remind. Final Fantasy XVI Producer Naoki Yoshida says that, contrary to his main idea that people of color act old about you Final concept will do Transgress the “narrative boundaries” of the upcoming game’s medieval European setting.black and brown folk are not a “New Game Plus” feature on Planet Earth.

I am very much into the environment I am feeling. In the harvest Boys. “The visibility of gender nonconforming people has become much more common, so we thought it was important to reflect that within the game and show that all players are welcome at Harvestella,” said Taka.

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