Xbox One Exclusive ReCore Written By Destiny, Halo Universe Co-Creator

"The male gender does not have the monopoly on heroism."

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Joseph Staten, the co-creator of the Halo and Destiny universes, who has since left Bungie to work at Microsoft as a senior creative director, is the lead writer on upcoming Xbox One exclusive ReCore. That piece of information was mentioned in a New York Times story about female heroes in video games.

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ReCore's main character is a woman named Joule who must save humanity--not unlike Master Chief from Halo or Guardians from Destiny. The game is inspired by Metroid and The Legend of Zelda.

"The male gender does not have the monopoly on heroism," Staten said. "Joule is emblematic of this conviction, and we hope she's a character who stands strong and stands out in a market filled with male heroes."

The full New York Times story is a good read, featuring insight from the developers of other female-fronted games such as Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

ReCore was announced during Microsoft's E3 2015 briefing in June. However, since then, the game has stayed largely under wraps. It's in development at Armature Studio--founded by Metroid developers--under the direction of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune.

It's due to launch in 2016 and is just one of Microsoft's Xbox One titles launching that year. Others include Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, Gears of War 4, and Killer Instinct Season 3.

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TheSpicyChiken

"The male gender does not have the monopoly on heroism,"
Wait, Tomb raider wasn't about a guy!?
Hold on, Metorid much?
I'm gonna let you finish, Resident evil 1, 2, 3, 5
Jade empire?
Ghost in the shell
valkyria chronicles

beyond good and evil
heavenly Sword!?

assassins creed liberation

I swear SJW's act like the make market is 100% male heroes. Geared toward the average male, The only thing me and geralt of rivia have in common is we both have long hair and like women. When his shirt comes off I feel like crap and have to turn off the game cry in my pillow and listen to feminist tell me I am some how in control of the world, when I don't have any control over my own life. Thanks social justice warriors!

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EdwardNygma

"The male gender does not have the monopoly on heroism."

Annnnddd pass. That is true but using that to try and sell your game is pathetic.

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ExoticCharm

@edwardnygma: You weren't going to play it regardless of what was said.

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zintarr

I play GOOD games so I do not care if the main character is a male/female, black/white or even human/alien. So when I see a marketing chip being made pushing the point "The male gender does not have the monopoly on heroism" it makes me laugh. STFU and make a good game and stop trying to be a social justice warrior. If you want a Female lead great but you need to sell gameplay not the gender of the main character.

I have finished the Mass Effect Series an unhealthy number of times but I have only finished it 2 times with the male Shepard. The majority of my play throughs were with my FemShep. No asinine comments from the developers needed to make me choose her.

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JustPlainLucas

Why does that having a female character have to be plugged as a selling point? We know male characters don't have a monopoly on heroism. We've known this since Samus Aran and Lara Croft.

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InYourMouf

As an average male gamer who isn't particularly ripped and has little experience with firearms or martial arts, and does not possess abundant amounts of confidence and impeccable charm, I am outraged at the way video games portray the male gender and would like to see more characters who accurately represent my people.

Said none of us ever.

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TheSpicyChiken

@InYourMouf: I've said it tons of time, in MMO's I try to make a character that is an accurate depiction of me. why in fallout 4, I'm not a good shot, a have no charisma and when I hack pc's I get locked out. Every female romance I have pursued has ended in the friend zone......

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dracuella

@InYourMouf: Wish you did, though. I'd much rather prefer playing a nerdy, scrawny, unable-to-do-ten-pushups, male version of myself than walking meat on steroids

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itshopeless13

@dracuella: thats not fair im sure some of those guys lift naturally.

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dracuella

@itshopeless13: haha yeah, they start their mornings with picking up their cars 200 times or something like that :D

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Pops4657

It's good to be a proud owner of Xbox one.i have a good feel ing about this game.metroid developers that worked for Nintendo and Zelda inspired.

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A8ADD0N

Amazing how many people are hating on this game simply because of one quote that people are taking offense to for no goddamn reason whatsoever. Pretty sure people wouldn't be hating so much if this game weren't an exclusive.

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Dyshonest

> Keiji Inafune

Okay. Garbage tier project confirmed.

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A8ADD0N

@dyshonest:

Yeah, must be garbage like Mega Man, Resident Evil, Onimisha, and Dead Rising. Dumbass.

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Dyshonest

@A8ADD0N: When you can summarize all of Inafune's "jobs" as "hype-man" or, at best, consultant... why is he important again?

Despite what Inafune claims he's not that important.

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Zironn1

@dyshonest: Mega Man x series was a lot of fun.

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farcrynyc

@heavengirl15: Agreed...but for I, game play and story matter, not gender...

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HeavenGirl15

@farcrynyc: Yes, and for me too. It is just what we expect of a game. It is just my personal taste..for example in Mass effect i choose my gender because it is about my story. On games like Mafia or madmax the gender is fixed so gameplay and story take the center stage and the gender takes the back seat, and the same can be said about tomb raider. I may belong to the small or large female gaming population and I can advocate for females protagonists, but I want developers to focus mainly on a product that will deliver on its own merits and not on popular talking points. As for Recore, I will be pre-ordering it as soon.as it becomes available since it looks like the type of game I will love playing.

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farcrynyc

@heavengirl15: then I'll see you there my friend...

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Remoticons

Ehh... duh... now tell us skin color dont matter and games dont promote violence... nah too vague... tell us the sky is blue and the grass is green... hmm... global warming might change that... anyways, obvious much is my point.

Just make a character you love, and gender doesnt matter, basically you started off the other way around with this character then. hut het its got a puppy, too many games with dogs... dogs dont have the monoply on heroism in games!! #gravityrush #caitsith

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EdwardNygma

@remoticons: Caitsith LOL

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Cataclysmic0001

Dude's correct... the male gender apparently does not have the monopoly on heroism... as is hinted by the 54 pages of newly released Steam games tagged with 'Female Protagonist'. This isn't special.

http://store.steampowered.com/tag/en/Female%20Protagonist/#p=0&tab=NewReleases

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Chizaqui

"The male gender does not have the monopoly on heroism..."

Seriously. Like you are the first OR the last to make a game featuring a female lead. Stop acting like it is in anyway miraculous! I doubt any game touting that line will ever really top The Last of Us. Which did a pretty great job putting a female in the lead without having to shout "LOOK, I STAND WITH THE FEMINISTS."

Oh, and someone revoke his man card.

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connorman01

@Chizaqui: amen

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Def-Trex

Getting pretty tired of female characters forced into games for equalty and all that stuff nobody cares about

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johncas89

Would have been nice if you could chose your gender. Ive nothing against female protagonists but i prefer to play my own gender.

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Cataclysmic0001

@shibaz: Actually, it's probably the developer's quote that is in huge font, and apparently the only real topic covered by the entire article that kind of sparked it.

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connorman01

@shibaz: we dont care what gender the protagonist is. we care that the whole games purpose seems to be based around the fact that the protagonist is female. even though having a girl main character has already been done. i mean just look at that stupid fucking quote in the title of the article... And actually, in most games you CAN be female.

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farcrynyc

As long as the game is good and worth playing...doesn't matter to me if it's a man or woman....who cares...

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HeavenGirl15

@farcrynyc: I totally agree. However, There is a setup in every game environment that fits either or just one gender.

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jlenoconel

Just to make a quick point, but this game isn't going to sell sh*t. Sorry to break it to you. I'm all for strong female characters, but when these devs start to try to appeal to the Anita's of the gaming world (even though she's not a gamer), then literally no one cares. Rise of the Tomb Raider didn't sell and that's an excellent game with a well known female hero. So yeah, if people actually cared about feminism in games, they'd buy the games.

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Remoticons

@jlenoconel: there might be a more obvious reason RoTR didnt sell well... =)

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jlenoconel

@remoticons: Well, it being on the Xbox One may be part of the reason. But you would think that if the game was that good, that all the feminists and SJWs who claim that games need stronger females would have snapped it up. Maybe they'll wait for the PS4 version, who knows?

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Remoticons

@jlenoconel: Oh some people just want things to be one way while they dont support it themselves, The new reboot lara is cool, but so unreal that i am really missing the old Lara. I really really think old lara had a stronger more independent persona (the body was just ridiculous and probably why she got a bad wrap from women) but this new Lara just doesnt make me think strong female character. If we turn it around, just cause a character is a guy, it doesnt make me think this is a man or this is how a man should act etc.

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Cherubas

I'm all for gender equality, but every time I see someone say "our main character is a girl because feminism, YEAH!!!!" it already gives me a bad opinion of the game. Female protagonists are great, but too often when someone calls so much attention to the gender and tries to get consumers to buy it on that alone, the product itself (be it a game, movie, book, whatever) doesn't have much to offer aside from the girl power element.

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jlenoconel

@Cherubas: Agreed.

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Spitznock

So the story will be needlessly vague and will require you to bounce back and forth between media forms to get what you need to know out of who the characters are and why they're doing what they're doing?
Joseph Staten is not the kind of person you want to put on writing your story if you're looking to interest this fellow in particular.
This has made me less interested in this game, and the "girl power" aspect of it is pushing me away even further.

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"The male gender does not have the monopoly on heroism" "Joule is emblematic of this conviction, and we hope she's a character who stands strong and stands out in a market filled with male heroes."

Yeah, blame males for developers these days being too inept and uninspired to write actual interesting and diverse well-written characters. No-One Lives Forever was a total masterpiece and not because it had a 'strong female protagonist', but because it was a totally unique and amazing game with superb writing, brilliant design philosophies behind it and extremely fun and varied gameplay.

It's not as if males froth at the mouth when having to play as a female character, it's this trend of making it feel like there's some kind of quota in place with a blatant agenda behind it of trying to look progressive to appease this wave of biased, completely one-sided 'journalism' and get praise from groups who bully developers into changing *their* piece of art. It feels forced, completely bland and lacks vision and soul.

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Simmons007

From makers of Metroid and MegaMan with writers from Destiny and Halo?

Game should be a MONSTER

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kingcrimson24

This game really really looks interesting , can't wait to find out more about it

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InYourMouf

Aaaand there went my excitement for this game.

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A8ADD0N

@InYourMouf:

A single quote can ruin your excitement for something? That's pathetic.

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DaGoyaMan

@A8ADD0N: I know right? What a waste of matter

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phbz

This is all a conspiracy from the feminazis and sjws on their attempt to rule the world. If you gonna talk about your game tell me how many pixels is your game going to have.

Also, great bait!

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DVONvX

As a guy I want more female leads. I generally play as a female character, most recently in Dragon Age and Fallout 4. I'd rather look at someone attractive for 60+ hours than some dude.

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illage2

Who the hell cares if the hero is a woman or a man?

So Samus Aran, Lara Croft, Joanna Dark, Supergirl, Rey from Star Wars, and many other female protagonists don't exist apparently.

There are no gender issues in the games industry. That's stuff that's been spread around by misinformed people who aren't even interested in video games to begin with.

At the end of the day the market will decide whether this game is good. I'm kinda glad that they said this in a way, because if the game ends up not selling well I can almost be sure that they'll play the "Sexism" card even if the game ends up being crap which to be honest is looking very possible at this moment in time.

Will I be getting this game? Nope, not until it can be proved that's its worth the money. They did say the game is inspired by Metroid which might make the game good.