An upcoming adventure game from Telltale Games, Minecraft: Story Mode, is breaking ground for the franchise and the developer in more ways than one. For example, it’s the first major Minecraft game to not be developed by Mojang, and it’s also the first Minecraft game that will be available on Wii U.
Not content at just stopping there, Minecraft: Story Mode is making history in yet another way. That is by being the first game developed by Telltale Games that allows users to actually choose the race and gender of the playable character.
The main character in Minecraft: Story Mode has been given the gender neutral name of Jesse, and it looks as though players will have six different versions of the character to choose from in the first episode of the game. This includes three different race choices for the male Jesse and three different race choices for the female Jesse.
Of course, since there will be a male and female version of Jesse, that calls for two different voice actors for the character. As was revealed in Minecraft: Story Mode‘s premiere trailer, renowned comedian Patton Oswalt will be voicing the male version of Jesse. The female version of Jesse will be portrayed by Catherine Taber, a voice actress best known for her role as Padme Amidala in the hit animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Oswalt and Taber are backed by an all-around highly impressive supporting cast that will be joining Jesse on his/her adventure, including the likes of Ashley Johnson, Billy West, Corey Feldman, and more. This talented cast should be able to deliver some of Telltale’s best performances to date, so Minecraft: Story Mode is definitely one to watch for both fans of Minecraft and fans of Telltale’s storytelling when it releases later this year.
Previous Telltale Games have stuck with protagonists that represent a specific gender, which is for the better when it comes to these types of games for the most part. However, it makes a lot of sense to allow players to choose their own gender in Minecraft: Story Mode. After all, as long as Jesse’s gender doesn’t play a significant role in the story, then it honestly doesn’t matter which gender the character ends up being.
Furthermore, allowing players to choose the gender of Jesse fits with the Minecraft universe itself as well. After all, in the actual Minecraft game, players can choose to play as female characters, so why shouldn’t they have the same option in Minecraft: Story Mode?
How do you feel about female characters being added to Minecraft: Story Mode? Do you plan on picking up the first episode of the season once it releases?
The first episode (due for release this fall) of Minecraft: Story Mode is coming to a multitude of platforms, including Android, iOS, Mac, Linux, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: VG 24/7