Deep Down producer clarifies male main character
posted on 02.18.14 at 09:31 PM EDT by (@salromano)
One male hero, story developed around him and his comrades.

Deep Down

Earlier this week, we reported via a PlayStation 4 Lab broadcast that Deep Down, Capcom’s upcoming PlayStation 4 dungeon RPG, will not have any female playable characters—for story purposes. In a post on the game’s official Facebook page, producer Kazunori Sugiura offered clarification.

This is producer Sugiura.

From our overseas firm, there was big misconception in an article claiming that there were 12 main characters* in Deep Down, all of them male. As the person in charge on the development side, I’d like to explain the matter.

There is one male main character in Deep Down. The story is being developed around him and his surrounding Ravens comrades.

At the moment, an overseas release hasn’t been decided, but I am grateful for the attention Deep Down is receiving.

Please look out for more information in the future.

*I’m not sure where the 12 male main characters line came from.

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  • MrFinalgamer

    people are going to bitch about it anyway…

  • badmoogle

    At the moment whether or not i care about this game hasn’t been decided,but i am grateful for the attention western gamers are receiving from Capcom.

    Capcom please look out for my gratefulness in the future.

    • Budgiecat

      does that mean a steaming hot dump from above?

  • bloodiOS

    Well, now we know something we didn’t before *LOL*

  • DarthBrian

    “There is one male main character in Deep Down. The story is being developed around him and his surrounding Ravens comrades.”

    Oho, why not the main character being male or female and have the story developed around him or her and his or her surrounding Ravens comrades?

    That shouldn’t be difficult. :|

    • bloodiOS

      Capcom: Yeah, but it COSTS more =P

      • DarthBrian

        The game is free to play!!! They can charge me for sexy costumes for the female main character!!! This is not rocket scientry!!! :p

        • bloodiOS

          Capcom: But we want to cut costs as much as possible while still able to suck out money from your wallets.

          • DarthBrian

            Well, Capcom, that’s not going to happen if I can’t buy sexy outfits for a female main character in Deep Down. :p

            (I know you’re not actually Capcom. I’m role-playing.)

            • Elvick

              Works for Dead of Alive!

        • Budgiecat

          Just read from a gamer on another board that Capcom’s Remember Me had a paywall DLC item that prevented you from moving further into the game without paying. That type of shit sucks….

          • DarthBrian

            I completed the game (on Steam) without buying DLC.

            • Budgiecat

              something must be up then. I haven’t played it so I cant verify myself. Lemme link the post:

              “Yeah, payed like $40 for it (disk) a couple months ago and I kinda got put-off when I got to a point in the game where it wanted me to use a power I couldn’t upgrade to, thereby making it impossible continue because it would just sit at that tutorial screen until the power was executed. The only save I had was the one leading directly to this point. Like slamming into a titanium wall at 150 MPH….DEAD STOP! Game over!

              Then I check out the DLC section for that game on PSN……uhuh……they SELL that “pressen” {or whatever it’s called) so I could upgrade and do that move it wanted. OH NO THEY DIH’NT!!! Yes, they did.

              Sure, I probably did something drastically wrong my first play. Maybe I could restart the game and attempt to go out of my way to collect more pressen during normal gameplay. Now that I understand more about the game, it might not be a problem. But I already feel burned when it REQUIRED a move I didn’t have yet, and then I see exactly what I need to continue on PSN….for a fee.

              NO! I don’t do “pay to win”.

              This will be the next game I trade-off, even if I get nothing for it, because I want it out of my face. Besides, since I plan to be a PS+ member for as long as I care about PS3/PS4, i now have free access to it anyway. So if I ever want to try it again, I can. I still refuse to PAY for any upgrade points though.

              Don’t get me wrong, the game itself had a really cool sci-fi atmosphere with an interesting plot (at least as far as I could play), but its linear path and quirky follow-the-prompt gameplay might turn people off.

              Not to mention the whole pay-to-win deal. That makes the game’s motives suspect at best.”

          • Elvick

            That’s not true… I beat Remember Me without buying any DLC.

            edit; Unless you mean the PS+ version.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Why wasn’t Ezio instead a female named Ezia?

      Can’t say I really care for this type of thing. Male or female, I don’t care, I’m not going to question why you went with one sex over the other. Just give me a good game with a good story, and I’ll play it.

      • MrFinalgamer

        because if it was Ezia, this wouldn’t be a thing

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VW-6gMJ6ao

      • Budgiecat

        This doesn’t seem to come off as a character driven cinematic story experience. Seems more lore driven like Demon’s/Dark Souls, hence why it should be no big deal to have create a character with gender option…

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          To be fair, we don’t know the extent of this game’s story yet. There could be a set main character with an actual name who has dialogue and backstory, etc. He could have a modern day character design we’ve yet to see. There’s still a lot shrouded in mystery.

          Anyway, if it were females only, I again, wouldn’t mind. Different people mind different things, I understand that. So that’s my opinion.

          • Budgiecat

            But from what they’ve shown so far it doesn’t seem to point to that. It seems to point more to a backstory lore driven create a character multiplayer online game

            • Dick Mountainjoy

              I’m pretty sure there’s a future section with story stuff, and a past section with gameplay stuff.

              Like Assassin’s Creed with Desmond’s scenes.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Okay. I’m going to go get started on a RPG right now and every character you have in the game will be male. Why? Because fuck your shit, it’s part of the “story”.

            The only “story” I see here is a front to promote sexism. It’s the year 2014 for crying out loud… Any game like this, with customization options, that doesn’t supply us with a gender option, which is STANDARD for these games, has their mind still set in an archaic time. You or anybody else can slice it any way you want, but completely eliminating a gender in a game like this is a terrible idea. They might as well just say, “Well, due to the story, you can only wield a two-handed sword because people stopped making axes, spears, bows, etc.”

            It’s bullshit to restrict someone like this.

      • DarthBrian

        Apples and oranges. Assassin’s Creed isn’t a dungeon crawler. In this kind of game we expect to be able to choose not only the gender of the character, but what kind of equipment they want to start with etc. Like Demon’s Souls or Might and Magic etc.

        • Dick Mountainjoy

          The Witcher has a male main character…

          • DarthBrian

            Also not a dungeon crawler. :p

            • Dick Mountainjoy

              Fine, Bard’s Tale, most SMT games…

              Probably countless others.

              • DarthBrian

                Okay, fine. :p

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        It’s one thing to make a game like AC based on a particular character. However, it’s another thing entirely to boast about customization and take out the very CORE of our identity by limiting everyone to one gender.

  • Sevyne

    “At the moment, an overseas release hasn’t been decided, but I am grateful for the attention Deep Down is receiving.”

    Wait what? Didn’t this get shown on the main stage at E3 at the Sony Conference? Am I misreading that they haven’t decided if it’s being released in the West? Just…huh?

    • DarthBrian

      Perhaps he’s just confused. >_>

      • Budgiecat

        He’s just not please be excited enough….

        • DarthBrian

          That’s a Square thing. Capcom’s thing is they don’t know how to spell their own name.

          • Sevyne

            Please be excited for Capcpom!

          • Budgiecat

            Crapcopycoms

      • Sevyne

        He’s definitely something and that something is absolutely incoherent.

  • Elvick

    That’s not really a reason as to why it HAS to be a guy… odds are this character won’t speak. If they do, well okay… (not that it’s hard to get one female VA and a male VA to do the same lines… just more expensive)

    • Budgiecat

      I never assumed he would speak. Isn’t this an online multiplayer type experience like Demon’s/ Dark Souls? Sure looks like it’s biting off of it anyways…

      • Elvick

        It is, from my understanding at least.

        If there’s a “story” then there’s got to be something, but I thought it’d be like Demon’s Souls story. Your character just stands there and gets told stuff by NPCs. Then you move on. Ta-da, story. (didn’t play Dark Souls so can’t compare)

        • Budgiecat

          same thing pretty much (Dark). So yeah that a lore thing.

    • Dick Mountainjoy

      I’m pretty sure he’s talking in one of the other trailers, around TGS maybe?

  • Pekola

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but maybe the reason for this is because they build a complex romance narrative around a male character and maybe that would need to be re-made?

    I mean, what if the guy falls in love with the AI thing in his apartment? (which has a female voice) lol

    Or maybe they were just like “here have these faceless suits of armor. Who cares about gender make it a guy, derp”

    • DarthBrian

      Is the name of the AI thing Cortana?

      • Dick Mountainjoy

        sAM

        Sensual Allied Mastercomputer

        • DarthBrian

          I am disappoint.

          • Dick Mountainjoy

            woosh

    • Dick Mountainjoy

      Oh god, now you have me thinking this will be a Dungeon Crawler mixed with Spike Jonze’s “Her”

      Make it happen.

  • Dick Mountainjoy

    If it makes anyone feel better, Everyone will just be big clanky suits of armor, you can always just give yourself a girly name a pretend to be a deep voiced lady.

  • shogunknight

    It would have been nice to add the option into the game but I think this issue is being blown way out of proportion.

    http://www.vg247.com/2014/02/17/deep-down-the-rabbit-hole-of-ingrained-games-industry-sexism/

    Like most games, they centered the story based on a male character. This is a gender locked online game (EDIT: they might change this since the issue was brought up). I dont know where this went wrong all of a sudden

    • BizarreJelly

      That was physically painful to read, what a garbage website. I feel bad to giving them a view.

  • PrinceHeir

    So it’s still not confirmed outside of Japan huh?

    • Budgiecat

      Somethings not right. I mean, they announce it at E3, they have financial troubles as it is (so why keep a Western looking game stuck in Japan, land of “if it aint kawaii I no buy”) AND had English dialogue in the trailers.
      Must be yet another mistranslation…

      • xMCXx

        There was like English, Spanish and German dialogue in the trailers. Doesn’t mean it will be released outside Japan, but hell, why would it not be?

      • PrinceHeir

        it’s kinda like Demon Souls.

        the game is in English Dub, but it wasn’t even confirmed that’s coming to the west at all.

        only Atlus US managed to salvage it, which is one of the few decent decisions they have made last generation.

  • Invisbin

    No western confirmation :(

  • Tarkovsky

    Western games journalism epic fail again. smh

  • Impressionnant

    Mountain out of a mole hill.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    None of his comrades could be female either? What’s with this guy? I’m starting to think I’ll pass on the whole F2P game altogether at this point. I guess that sounds pretty shallow of me, but it’s kind of frustrating to be forced into a circlejerk party 24/7.

    • HeatPhoenix

      spfft