Even though Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts’ Apex Legends was just released, the Battle Royale is getting woke right out of the gate.
Game Revolution is reporting that two of the eight playable characters have been outed as LGBTQIA.
The first character is Gibraltar, one of the few masculine characters in the game. But if you thought he pumped iron, kept in shape, and maintained a hard edge to impress the ladies, you were wrong. When it comes to astronomy, he’s the kind of guy who only dreams about touring Uranus.
If you head to his profile page it reveals…
“The son of two SARAS (Search and Rescue Association of Solace) volunteers, he has always been skilled at getting others out of dangerous situations that are common in the Outlands. However, he only began to understand the value of protecting others when he and his boyfriend stole his father’s motorcycle, took it on a joyride, and got trapped by a deadly mudslide. “
It doesn’t end there, though.
In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, community manager Jay Frechette confirmed that the game was designed to be “diverse”. In the RPS piece, Nic Rueben explains…
“I mention Bloodhound, a tracker character sporting futuristic plague doctor garb, and Frechette confirms that yes, Bloodhound is non-binary, or at least non-specified, in terms of gender.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Bloodhound, it’s the character that is covered from head to toe with future-junk gear and a gas mask. The character also has a raven as a pet, almost like a poor man’s version of Mordecai from Borderlands.
According to Frechette, he told Rock, Paper, Shotgun that due to the diversity at Respawn Entertainment they wanted to comprise Apex Legends of that same kind of diversity…
“Our studio is comprised of a diverse group of people, the playerbase of battle royale is comprised of a diverse group. Having a diverse cast is super important. You want everyone to have someone they can connect to.”
Gamers were quick to note that of the eight playable characters only one of them was a white male. At this point it’s not even clear if he’s a straight, white male.
You can check out the original launch trailer for Apex Legends to see why gamers were suspicious.
As you can see the hero-shooter Battle Royale title is like a mix of Overwatch, Titanfall and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
With the revelation that Respawn is going the “diversity” route just like what Blizzard has done with Overwatch, there’s really no doubt that the game is heavily pushing the Social Justice Warrior politics right out of the gate.
Now I do have to give credit to Respawn for being honest about their approach early on. They were brazen enough to out their characters on the profile page instead of building up hype, then pulling a swerve on the audience by turning straight-bait characters gay, which is what Blizzard did with Overwatch.
You know right from the start that Apex Legends isn’t designed for the average gamer; it’s designed to push the Social Justice Warrior agenda.
Now it’s a matter of questioning if getting woke so early will come back to bite Respawn in the tushy with the sort of biting sting that Gibraltar feels often? Ultimately it will depends on how many gamers become aware of the agenda, which will determine if Apex Legends will become a success or if it will join other woke games like Lawbreakers, Battleborn and Agents of Mayhem on the Get Woke; Go Broke master list.
(Thanks for the news tip zac za)