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Escape from Tarkov dev addresses controversy over no female characters

Published: 17:33, 07 January 2020
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Battlestate Games, the studio behind Escape from Tarkov, found themselves in hot water after a necroed interview from a few years back suggested that they will not be adding female playable characters because they're sexist.

To be fair, discussions like these often go awry with non-native English speakers purely on the basis of things lost in translation. And this is exactly what happened with Battlestate it seems, with the issue getting increasingly louder until the dev addressed it. 

In the original interview, Battlestate's representative said that the team "came to the conclusion that women are not allowed to be in the war". Pressed further, he added, "we discussed it for a very long time, but we came to the conclusion that women can't handle that amount of stress. There's only place for hardened men in this place."

A careful reader would notice the "in this place" part and understand that it's about the story behind Escape from Tarkov, perhaps even read into it. But this is the age of outrage, not careful readers. 

In one of their recent tweets, Battlestate wrote, "And just to finally clear the question about women in EFT. First - there are women in EFT already (trader, some future key storyline quests will have women as main characters). But 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."

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The dev also said that the comments were made by one of the non-key personnel at Battlestate, who has been "reprimanded and properly instructed" for situations like these. Nevertheless, they maintain that these opinions were misinterpreted and most certainly do not represent the company's official position on the matter. 

You can find their statements .

Escape From Tarkov, a realistic shooter by Battlestate Games

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