Deus Ex: The Fall nearly had a female protagonist, according to director Jean-Francois Dugas. The game stars Bex Saxon, a former mercenary, who is on the run. However, Ben is accompanied by another character named Anna Kelso, and she was considered for the leading role.
In an E3 Q&A video shared by Square Enix (watch it above), Dugas reveals that, while Anna was considered early on to be the game’s protagonist, the development team was running on a “very tight schedule,” and intended to make use of existing animations and art assets, all of which were based on a male physical form.
“It was a decision that made from a production standpoint more than a creative standpoint,” Dugas admits.
Dugas and writer James Wright also reveal Deus Ex: The Fall is the start of a Deus Ex story for mobiles and tablets, and that there will be more stories in the future. That said, Eidos are remaining mum on the specifics for now.
You can learn more about Deus Ex: The Fall through our hands-on impressions and interview with Dugas.