There are over 200,000 women actively serving in the US military alone, and their role in keeping their countries safe is vital. As such, developer Sledgehammer Games want their presentation of women in their games to remain true to that fact. Michael Condrey, co-founder of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer has said in an interview with Games Industry Biz that the inclusion of strong female characters will continue in the Call of Duty series.
“We’ve tried to do a lot at the studio to present strong women in our games” he stated, “The role of women in the military is important so we tried to represent that in Advanced Warfare as a way to show that we believe there are women gamers who want to play, there are women gamers who want to develop games, there are women gamers in the military who are part of real combat around the globe, keeping us safe.”
After Call of Duty: Ghosts broke series conventions by allowing players to opt for a female character in the game’s Multiplayer Mode, Black Ops III was the first in the franchise to feature a playable female character across the full game.
Condrey went on to say that Sledgehammer want to “do our part to honor and respect and show that [side of the military]; it’s something we’ve tried to do and continue to do in Call of Duty,”
The next Call of Duty, announced earlier this month, will be headed by Modern Warfare dev Infinity Ward. The game has been called “innovative” (via. GameSpot), and was confirmed for a 2016 release, but no further details surrounding the game have been released.
During his DICE 2016 Summit session, ESA CEO Michael Gallagher stated that it’s “not good enough” that only 22 percent of games industry jobs are held by women.