WARNING: Article contains spoilers
One of the most controversial things in Uncharted 4 that has received some backlash is a new character named Nadine “Triceps” Ross. She was so controversial that according to Director Neil Druckmann, they had to as one focus tester to leave after complaining about the game’s portrayal of women.
In an interview with Glixel, Druckmann was asked if his influence by the highly controversial Anita Sarkeesian and her show Feminist Frequency had any affect on the development of Uncharted 4. Druckmann replied…
When I’m introducing and describing a new character to our lead character concept artist, constantly she will ask, “What if it was a girl?” And I’m like, Oh, I didn’t think about that. Let me think, does that affect or change anything? No? Cool, that’s different. Yeah, let’s do it.
Initially, in the epilogue, it was Nate’s son. Something similar happened with the mansion they go into. That was an old English guy’s house. She asked, Well, what if it was a woman?
You have some sexist focus testers who were really upset by Nadine beating up Nate, and really upset at the end when it was Nate’s daughter. To the point where we had to ask one guy to leave. In his core, it just affected him. He was cursing, “Not you, too, Naughty Dog! Goddammit. I guess I’m done with Uncharted, if you guys ever make another one, with his daughter. This fucking bullshit.”
And I was like, Wow, why does that matter?