Upcoming indie game Crest from Eat Create Sleep (Among Ripples) has made a conscious decision to not assign genders (man/woman) to their characters, making them equal in career, status, and clothing. This allows for a fluidity of gender that isn’t often seen in mainstream games. The producer notes that gender as we see it today is a modern, Western concept; for example, Native American tribes recognized what they termed two-spirit people. The game wants to free itself of Western influence and stereotypes as much as possible. In speaking to Art Director and Producer Martin Greip, he said, regarding the #womenarehardtoanimate controversy, that it only took the team two days to implement the models of the female characters. I’m very much looking forward to Crest, and will be covering new developments as they arrive!
Read Martin’s original blogpost on the subject of diversity here, and check out the game’s website here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Trailer is below, along with some more pictures of character models! Donate to the Indiegogo for Crest here and vote for it on Greenlight here.