"So when are we going to see that gay protagonist in a AAA game? Not for a while, I suspect, because of fears that itíll impact sales."
- Lucien Soulban, lead writer at Ubisoft Montreal, reckons that it'll be a while before we get to control any gay characters in AAA games.
Talking with Ubisoft's Richard Dansky, Soulban noted that
we continue to see "mid-30s stubbly-bearded brown-haired white guy with a raspy voice" protagonists in AAA games for fear from publishers that games with gay characters won't sell.
"When are going to get a gay/lesbian AAA hero(ine) who isnít a one-off joke?" he asks. "Either weíll see a bait-and-switch like the original Metroid
with Samus Aran where weíll find out damn near after the fact (PS: And Dumbledore was gay), or itíll come out of left field with Rockstar, Valve, Naughty Dog or Telltale, perhaps."
AAA games have dabbled a little in gay protagonists
over the last decade -- see the Mass Effect
series for one of the most recent big examples -- but it's obvious that we're still not really there.
"When it happens," adds Soulban, "I hope itís a serious take on it and not played up for jokes."