Once upon a time, Gearbox's movie-based shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines didn't feature any playable female characters. This week, the developer has made a pleasant U-turn and confirmed that you will indeed be able to stomp on Xenos as a lady, if you wish.
Studio boss Randy Pitchford must have noticed a petition that was published online
earlier in the Summer that criticised the company for ignoring the fairer sex.
"We realised some people were starting to feel bad – we exist to entertain people," Pitchford told an audience at PAX. "I want everybody to be clear that there are playable females in both the mulitplayer and the campaign."
The lack of playable female marines did seem a little ironic, given that the Aliens franchise has hinged on the misadventures and ass-kickery of Ellen Ripley. Good to see Gearbox seeing sense on this one.