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Dragon Age Franchise Co-Creator Comments on Reaction to Baldur’s Gate 3 Female Character

The co-creator of the Dragon Age franchise, David Gaider, has shared his thoughts on the response to one of Baldur’s Gate 3’s main female characters. Gaider stated that fans have always been more forgiving towards male characters compared to their female counterparts. The character in question is Lae'zel, a female Githyanki Fighter who can be a companion throughout the game.

Lae'zel's personality has sparked a lot of discussion since the explosive launch of Baldur's Gate 3 on PC. Some players appreciate her no-nonsense attitude, while others criticize her for being “hostile,” “rude,” and “unfriendly.” This criticism has reached meme status, with some players stating that they would get rid of Lae'zel if not for her impressive damage output and tanking abilities.

Gaider's comments were prompted by a Twitter thread where users debated the treatment of male and female characters in gaming. Gaider confirmed that the Dragon Age fandom has consistently shown more forgiveness towards male characters in every game. He further emphasized that this phenomenon was not specific to Lae'zel.

Some players suggested that their first encounter with Lae'zel may have influenced their initial opinion of her character. Gaider dismissed this suggestion and reiterated that had Lae'zel been male, the fandom would have been more forgiving.

In addition to the discussion surrounding Lae'zel, there are ongoing debates within the Baldur’s Gate 3 community about save scumming and attempts to “fix” the character Shadowheart.

To learn more about the game, you can read IGN’s recently updated review of Baldur's Gate 3 in progress. Please exercise caution when performing a Long Rest in Baldur's Gate 3. The game also offers guides on character building and information about races and subraces.