The upcoming Star Wars Battlefront might not include space battles or a campaign, but it does include playable female Stormtroopers. While it isn’t unheard of for women to have served in the Star Wars universe, Stormtroopers have primarily been men. When Polygon reached out to DICE’s General Manager Patrick Bach to ask him about the inclusion of women, he said:
Why wouldn’t there be? When you talk to Lucasfilm, they’re like, ‘Yeah, of course there are. We just haven’t shown you [in the films].’ For us, it’s about filling in the details in the universe. We help out by asking the question, ‘Can we do this, can we do that? Should we do this or do that?’ And then we work it out [with Lucasfilm].
Gender options are part of Battlefront‘s character customization, but male and female characters are separate from it. That said, DICE also wants to stay true to the Star Wars universe so you can’t go overboard with the customization options. “You can’t do it in crazy ways. You can’t have a pink Darth Vader,” Bach said to IGN. “You want the Stormtroopers to look like Stormtroopers. Our customization is tilted toward what makes sense.”
Star Wars Battlefront launches this November for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.