A former Respawn Entertainment developer has said that many people working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order wanted the protagonist not to be a white male, but the idea was rejected.
First reported by GamesRadar, Nora Shramek, a former lighting artist at Respawn Entertainment, explained that developers advocated for Cal Kestis to be Black and/or a woman. Shramek says that there were several reasons why the idea was rejected. First, there were already two Black characters in the game, including Cere Junda.
When I worked on SW:JFO a LOT of devs wanted & advocated 4 the main character 2b black &/or a woman. ‘Reasons’ 4 NO: We already have 2 black people in the game. Rey is a woman & we can’t do that to’ guess what the demographic of the people making those decisions looked like?
— NoraNevaBoreYa 🏳️🌈 (@NoraShramek) May 10, 2022
Additionally, Fallen Order’s protagonist wasn’t a woman because of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where Rey was already the protagonist. Shramek further chastized reasoning, saying, “guess what the demographic of the people making those decisions looked like?”
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