Up-skirt Views Led The Last Guardian Lead to be Male

October 27, 2010Written by Cameron Teague

Developers have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to creating a new game, the setting, story and most importantly the main character all must fit the ultimate vision. For the upcoming PS3 exclusive The Last Guardian, its developer, Team ICO, had one such decision to make: would the lead be male or female? Of course by now we know the answer ended up being male, but originally the game was to feature a female lead. The female lead was eventually nixed due to the frequency of up-skirt shots…

Team ICO boss Fumito Ueda recently revealed to PSM3 the reason for this change.

“The Trico is a very powerful creature,” said Ueda. “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 there you have it, girls often wear skirts and thus cannot climb in the world of The Last Guardian. It’s hard to question the decision since the game has yet to release but would you rather have seen a female lead?

The Last Guardian is currently scheduled for release Holiday season, 2011.