In news that delighted so many women, gamers, and humans who enjoy Star Wars in general, it came to light in a recent interview that in the new Star Wars game titled “Battlefront,” you can take on the role of a female Stormtrooper. Seriously!!
This may seem like nothing, but it is in fact huge news for Star Wars. It’s no lie that the female representation in Star Wars, specifically the films, is very subpar. The Clone Wars rectifies some of this with some super awesome ladies taking lead, but to be given the chance to play as a Stormtrooper that isn’t specifically male, in a brand new game have you, is a huge step forward in the franchise representation-wise. During the interview, Michael McWhertor of Polygon asked DICE general manager Patrick Bach about female Stormtroopers appearing in game. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“When you talk to Lucasfilm, they’re like, ‘Yeah, of course there are. We just haven’t shown you [in the films],'” he said. ‘For us, it’s about filling in the details in the universe. We help out by asking the question, ‘Can we do this, can we do that? Should we do this or do that?’ And then we work it out [with Lucasfilm].”
Star Wars Battlefront is set to release on November 17th.
Editor’s note: There are also female troopers slated to be in the upcoming film The Force Awakens. See Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, the “Chrome trooper,” in our release about the Vanity Fair feature.