I feel like this isn't as big a problem as you think. Around 60% of the characters are white, which is pretty representative of the population of places like the US. I feel like so long as the character is cool lore wise and has decent perks, they're good. I wouldn't mind some more POC characters though, so long as we're not just trying to check boxes, cause thats scummy.
I do agree that diversity is good, theres a lot just in my family even, so its nice to see it in games. however, i'm not so keen on the idea of "if they're white, just make them black." You can't whitewash black characters, and you shouldn't change race just for the sake of diversity. I'd rather have well thought out lore, and better gaming than having piles and piles of characters that are there simply to satisfy diversity. I can guarantee you that if it did get done, it wouldn't get done well.
I mean, sure. But I wouldn't call it a huge priority. At least nowhere near as dire as OP says.
Just somethin else to put on the wishlist after QOL changes n junk.
Omg, how have I never thought of a skin walker as a killer?! Hell, a wendigo would also work!
I agree they need a native American survivor, though. Wonder what perks they'd come with...
At least you can throw them on the hook for the time being. :D
Making character a certain race, gender, sexuality, etc just to be diverse leads to bland characters that are usually stereotypes
While I wouldn't mind more representation, I feel this, too. Don't want to pressure the devs into making a stereotype. Kinda defeats the purpose of representation.
We dont NEED anything. People always take issue with what they don't have. Yeah it'll be nice to have diversity but they already do. Its not like its racist or they hate them or whatever. Like ok licensed characters, why arent they black? BECAUSE THEY ARE LICENSED AND ALREADY HAVE A SKIN COLOR. so thats half your argument out the picture. Original characters are Dwight who is white and jake/Korean meg/white nea/European technically and Claudette/black Ace/Italian(his skin color is white yet you mentioned him and not nea who is white skinned but not Caucasian so at least be consistent) Feng/I believe Chinese Yui/Japanese Jane/Mexican zarina/I'm assuming Arabian Jeff/white Adam/black David/white(technically European as well since Britain is in Europe.) I believe that is all the no licensed characters and my point is that is already diversed with multiple different ethnicities and this game is made by canadians who yeah the skin is white but im sure they are French. Anyways you not only critiqued the license as being devoid of diversity you refused to realize that to get the rights to something as a portrayal does NOT give you a right to portray them as something they aren't. Either way I think diversity is great but at least be logical with your statement
I'd prefer they just make interesting characters instead of just checking boxes on a list. Or maybe the could focus on the important stuff like fixing the game. That seems a bit more pressing.
Plus, BHVR has already (and continues to) diversify the cast, so... it just seems like a weird request.
You made a slight mistake
You said steve is a white girl
Those aren't all racial classifications, at least not in the United States. Jane and Zarina would both be considered White.
No he got that right. ;)
Wouldn't t mind a perk to boost or protect totems, and possibly one to track the killer.
So let the rest of the world conform to US standards? Is that what you’re implying?
And as Exhibit A, I give you Overwatch, which did precisely that purely for the sake of being diverse (which was a huge marketing thing with them in 2016 and while Michael Chu was still their writer before leaving Blizzard earlier this year).
No, but name a country that doesn't use the same classifications? I can confirm that the European Union, Canada, and the United States classify Middle Easterners and certain Latin Americans as White. Jane may be ethnically and culturally Hispanic but she is racially White. Hispanic isn't a race.
As for the topic though, they could make all sorts of racial characters, but the options a lot of people turn a blind eye to nowadays would not make you happier. Be happy with what you have, OP.
Lol. Oops. Bad copy paste. Makes it even more balanced though.
I don't quite understand what's wrong with asking for more representation? Hell, even the fear that they'll create stereotypes is just... Wrong? They succesfully created the 40 already existing characters in the game without any stereotypes, neither did I see any posts before saying they were scared that BHVR was running out of ideas and would start using stereotypes more often?
Even lore-wise it doesn't make sense either. Like, does the entity just not want to see POC suffer as much as white people?
Should bhvr not bugfix the tons of bugs that plague dbd, before they looking at those "minor" things?
Maybe it is because I am a killer main, but I consider a bugfree gameplay, buffing certain killers and certain survivor perks as more important as that.
At the end, every survivor ends anyways on a hook and turns grey if he hangs there too long :P.
Edit: Btw. they having stereo types already in their game. Like Meg, David, Nea, Ace and Dwight and it is not bad to have them. DBD is no real life simulation.
BHVR updates the game every 3 months with a new chapter regardless of the bugs in the game. Creating a chapter introducing a character of color takes as much time as any other chapter.
Yeah and I know they need to do it, to keep the game alive. Imo, without new content this game would die in less as a half year.
Still, I have my wishes :).
What people are saying is don't introduce a character in 3 months, fix the game first.
And you say trying to avoid stereotypes is wrong, but I'm assuming you also think stereotypes themselves are wrong. So there is no winning then?
Read what people said here already. The game is plenty diverse. Also, no one here is against more characters from different backgrounds, they are against quotas
Half original survivors aren't white. Claudette is Black and Jake is Asian. The last "white" non licensed survivor came out in December 2018. 4 out of 5 of the last NON licensed survivors aren't white.
When you look at the nationality of the survivors BHVR is literally going out of their way to be as diverse as they can already.
i mean, we know his voice still sounds like a woman, but i'm pretty sure he's a boy.😆
They've already made a diverse cast of characters. We don't have to slap a "need" list of the appropriate amount of any given people. BHVR hasn't excluded POC. It sounds like you're making accusations at them. Let them make the characters organically and not have to be pre-approved by some checklist of yours.
Yeah i know, i was copy pasting and missed this one. But i do find it amusing which one i messed up on.
There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.
Here's the thing, we already have an excellent variety of POC characters. Keep in mind that you have to ignore the licensed characters when factoring out these ratios, as their appearances are pre-ordained by license and not something that BHVR really has control over.
Out of the 22 current survivors, 8 are licensed. 6 out of the remaining 14 original characters are POC (Claudette, Jake, Feng, Adam, Yui, and Zarina). That's 43% of in-house survivors.
The ratio is even better for killers. Out of the 13 current ORIGINAL (non-licensed) killers, 7 are colored (Wraith, Hag, Doctor, Spirit, Legion's Joey, Plague, and Oni). That's 54%. Even if you did include the licensed killers, the ratio would still be 50% (as Ghost Face is of indeterminate ethnicity, while Demogorgon and Pyramid Head aren't even human).
While I'll always be fine with BHVR choosing to introduce more characters from unique backgrounds to the Fog, claiming that we don't already have a very diverse cast for both roles is false information.