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The Last Guardian Protagonist’s Gender Changed Due To Panties

CVG reports via PSM3 that The Last Guardian was actually going to have a smaller, adolescent female lead instead of the adolescent boy that the game is getting. One of the main reasons? Upskirt shots.

No, really. Fumito Ueda of Team ICO said this.

“The Trico is a very powerful creature… If we’d had a beefed-up, powerful hero, it would have thrown off the balance a little bit, so the design naturally drove me to create an adolescent female character who was light on her feet. But in the end I decided a boy would have a little more grip to climb the Trico. Another problem is that girls tend to wear skirts, and The Last Guardian features a lot of climbing…”

In a way, it’s silly, but in another way, it’e refreshing. In a world where games sometimes intentionally show panty shots to pander to peoples’ base instincts, Team ICO actually made a design change to avoid it. Considering the railing I’ve done about game companies treating us like teenagers with a hard-on, I’m a bit relieved, to tell the truth.

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