The Last Guardian's hero would have been a girl, were it not for upskirts and weak upper arms

The young boy who stars in Team ICO's (do I have to say "highly anticipated?") new game, The Last Guardian, was initially going to be a girl. It doesn't particularly matter to us if the hero is a thin, scrappy boy or thin, scrappy girl, but Lead Designer Fumito Ueda's reasoning for the change is nevertheless amusing.

"The Trico is a very powerful creature," said Ueda in an interview with PSM3. "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..."

So The Last Guardian's hero is a boy because... boys have better grip and don't wear skirts? It's not as if they're designing a character from scratch who can do anything they want regardless of sex. That's crazy talk, everyone knows there are two characters available to any game designer: a strong-armed boy and a skirt-wearing girl!

OK, done jabbing. The creative decision was probably a little more complex than that quote suggests. But where would we be without out-of-context snippets like this? In a forum having a serious discussion about DRM, that's where.

[Source: PSM3 via CVG]

Oct 26, 2010


  • Kitsuta - October 28, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    This is really one of those cases where the developer should have kept his mouth shut. Had he done so, we all could have assumed that he chose a male protagonist for any number of perfectly valid reasons. We could have praised him for giving us a normal male character who did not, for example, punch boulders. Now we have to bend over backwards to make his comment seem reasonable. Maybe they wanted to give the character larger hands, too large for the average young girl? Maybe they didn't want to change the costume, or were afraid that people would just focus on her sexuality (eww) in general?
  • elpurplemonkey - October 28, 2010 5:57 a.m.

    @ CH3BURASHKA Ico and the Wanderer actually seem kinda different. One's a scrawny little kid with horns, while the other is a normal-looking young adult. And all the games have connections to the same universe (as cryptic as they may be) so it makes sense to have this new hero be somewhat similar.
  • reveffect - October 28, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    wow when you said "little girl with a huge pet" clifford the big red dog and emily popped into my mind and she wore a skirt with black stocking and pink stripes.
  • Sy87 - October 27, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    Aw whats wrong with up skirts in games they're always so funny. I remember just how many you got in Dino Crisis when you wore the cavegirl outfit.
  • bonerachieved - October 27, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    I may have to get a ps3 eventually....
  • KiwiCommander - October 27, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    I agree, I wouldn't have cared either way. However, having a girl as the main character would have been cool. Not to mention the "little girl with a huge pet" idea sounds great.
  • potpan0 - October 27, 2010 9:21 a.m.

    If it was a girl with a skirt, and with upskirts, I bet that the news would be calling it a game for paedos cause you can see little girls pants. Can't see why they can't give a girl trousers though.
  • Balaska - October 27, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    Pretty sure Team ICO are owned by Sony R3DRUN, I wouldn't hope for an Xbox version... Ah Team ICO, you may take years to make a game but you can already count my money as in your bank account.
  • AngryScotsman - October 27, 2010 6:43 a.m.

    Teehee, boys have better "grip". Oh I shall enjoy that phrase.
  • michaelpreston - October 27, 2010 5:53 a.m.

    @ThatGuyFromTV : Yes, the experience would have changed. Think about what would have been if Samus was male. Metroid may no - ah, who am I kidding? - would NOT have been as popular. Two (bouncy) guesses why?
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 27, 2010 5:22 a.m.

    No matter the gender, I'm sure the game will be amazing regardless. It is a shame though; all three Ico heroes have been somewhat similar.
  • Clovin64 - October 27, 2010 5:11 a.m.

    Girls don't have to be weak, and girls don't have to wear skirts. Nevertheless, still looking forward to this immensely.
  • LonePWNR - October 27, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    If a "a beefed-up, powerful hero" would seem to strong and an "adolescent female character" would seem to weak, how about a beefed-up adolescent female hero? I am so smart :)
  • BAbaracus1983 - October 27, 2010 2:19 a.m.

    Newsflash Team Ico: Women and girls often wear pants...
  • JimmyCooldaddy - October 27, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    when does the 3d Ico/SOC collection come out?
  • kingsmikefan - October 27, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    That actually makes sense because there's a bunch of perverts out there (as well as politicians) who would make more than necessary out of this.
  • batmanboy11 - October 27, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    Too bad...
  • Colosseyed - October 27, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Pants are for dykes.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 27, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    This raises a good question. Could the gender potentially change the experience?
  • Not Snake - October 27, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    You heard it here first, folks. Skirts now have DRM.

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