Darksiders 3 Has Fiery Female Protagonist

The presence of highly adept female characters in games seems to be somewhat on the rise. So far this year we’ve indulged in some prehistoric pursuits with Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn and blew up all manner of robotic adversaries as 2B in Neir: Automata, to name but a few. Still to come we have the intriguing Senua, with developer Ninja Theory pushing boundaries in game’s portrayal of mental health with Hellbade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Naughty Dog giving us one last slice of Uncharted action with female duo Chloe and Nadine taking over treasure hunting duties from series star Nathan Drake in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

And it seems that 2017 isn’t going to be the only good year for interesting and prominent female characters; THQ Nordic has just announced Darksiders 3 and in it players will take on the role of Fury. The third of the series’ Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, Fury is on a quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins. This lady’s certainly got ambition and, judging by the few screenshots that have been released, she’s got the arsenal and attitude to back it up.

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image courtesy of THQ Nordic

Fury is a mage who relies on a whip and magic to battle evil, restore balance to the world and prove that she’s the most powerful of the Horsemen.

The new protagonist isn’t the only thing to be excited about however, Darksiders 3 looks set to provide the same thrilling action as its predecessors in an expansive “open-ended, living, free form Earth that is dilapidated by war and decay, and overrun by nature”.

Darksiders 3 will be developed by Gunfire Games, the studio founded by members of Darksiders’ previous developer Vigil Games, who met their demise during the collapse of publisher and IP owner THQ. The series is in highly capable and experienced hands with Gunfire, who also recently remastered the first two games in the series under THQ Nordic. THQ Nordic is not related to THQ, they are the publisher previously known as Nordic Games, who bought the rights to many of THQ’s games.

Darksiders 3 is expected to storm onto PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2018.

Form more information visit darksiders.com.

[featured image courtesy of gamespress.com]

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Nier: Automata’s Director Encourages Objectification of Game’s Female Protagonist

Instead of having fans excited over its stylish action or fascinating premise, Nier: Automata is currently making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Gamers were recently sent into a tizzy over a screenshot of the game’s protagonist YoRHa No. 2 Model B (or 2B for short). The image in question is apparently an upskirt shot from the recently released PlayStation 4 demo that goes into far more anatomical detail than necessary – especially considering the character in question is an android.

To make things worse the game’s director, Yoko Taro has waded in and, instead of claiming the screenshot to be the result of some sad individual with too much time on their hands, has encouraged fans to come forth with their own lewd artwork of the character for his viewing pleasure.

According to Kotaku, this translates to:

“Because of the brouhaha over 2B’s butt, there are loads of rude drawings and whatnot being uploaded [online]. And since going around and collecting them is a pain, I’d like it if I could get them sent in a zip file every week.”

Naturally, fans indulged the request and have created a plethora of explicit artwork featuring 2B, to which Taro replied, “The internet is great.”

Disregarding the artwork that so unashamedly sexualises her, the character herself is, for the most part, very well designed. It’s disappointing then, to witness this intriguing new female character degraded like this and even more disheartening to see a creator have such little respect for his character that he encourages her objectification and even revels in it.

For anyone interested in more than what’s up 2B’s skirt, Nier: Automata is the follow-up to 2010’s Nier. Following on from the events of its predecessor, the game shares the same dark and atmospheric, post-apocalyptic setting where machines from another world wage war with humans.

The open-world game is being developed by action masters Platinum Games, so expect to see the developer’s unique brand of intense action blended with the RPG elements of the original.

Nier Automata will be released in Europe on March 10 for PS4. You can also download the demo here.

(featured image courtesy of square-enix-press.com)