Payday 2 will receive a year's worth of downloadable content, Overkill's David Goldfarb has told OXM, and that could extend to female characters.
"There's like a year of DLC planned," he told us, as part of an interview about the game, "risk-averse" first-person shooters and the industry at large, adding "one of the first things I have on my list, is to make sure we get a female character.
"I'm hoping - I don't know if we'll get it as our first DLC, because we'd have to redo all the animations so it doesn't look like a dude walking around with a female body," Goldfarb qualified. "But I'd like to do that."
Like the model of courtesy she is, intrepid interviewer Aoife apologised at this point for being a female journalist asking about female game characters. Goldfarb was having none of it, pointing out that he has daughters and would like them to feel like they have a stake in the game. "Believe me, I have said this and we've talked about it, so I think it will happen, it's just a question of when on the timeline.
"Because I want, like I said, I want my daughters to be able to - no, I'd need to wait a bit for that - but in theory, it'd be cool for them to mask up. I just think it'd be cool if we had both, that's all. It's definitely on our list. One of the many things that are on our list."
There's a long-standing, not very illustrious debate over the under-representation of women in games. Earlier this year, Remember Me creative director Jean-Max Morris revealed that a number of publishers had shunned the project in light of its female protagonist.
"We had some that said, 'Well, we don't want to publish it because that's not going to succeed. You can't have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that,'" he elaborated. That was a month or two after Epic's Chris Perna told OXM that a female Gears of War lead would be "tough to justify", though Perna did argue that women are "empowered" by the franchise's female cast.