The developer of Escape From Tarkov, a hardcore MMO shooter that’s currently one of the most watched games on Twitch, has reiterated that he has no plans to add any female playable characters to the game.
Escape From Tarkov recently surged in the Twitch rankings and is currently the fifth most viewed game on the platform. This sudden increase in the game’s popularity also saw an old wwcftech interview with developer Battlestate Games resurface, where it was claimed that there would be no female playable characters in the game because “we got to the conclusion that women cannot handle this much stress. There is only room for hardened men in this place. “
In light of this re-emerging interview, Battlestate Games responded on Reddit and Twitter. First off, Battlestate COO Nik Buyanov wrote in a Reddit post about the interview: “I never said that! I really respect women in wars. says this bullshit that “women are not allowed to be at war.” Women can’t handle the stress of the real fight “?? WTF? I never gave such answers in any of the interviews.”
It should be noted that the wwcftech interview was with Pavel Dyatlov, a Unity developer on the game, and not with Buyanov.
Next, Battlestate Games made a statement on Twitter to clarify comments made during the 2016 interview.
However, he then followed up on this tweet by stating that while there are some non-playable female characters in the game, with plans to add more, they will not add female playable characters for the sake of “know” and the work it would take to animate them.