World of Warcraft: Shadowlands introduces transgender character

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the next phase of Blizzard’s monumental MMORPG, will be released tomorrow. It will add to the game not only a lot of new content but the first “transgender character” in an online game.

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In an interview with VG247, Assistant Lead Quest Designer Johnny Cash spoke about Pelagos, a video game variation of a transgender:

It all started out just as an idea: “Hey, we really would like to make a character that looks like the representation of a transgender person in Shadowlands.”

As the character matured, we received feedback from the community and the voice actor. I am really happy with the result.

In fact, Pelagos is not exactly transgender. It’s just that the character’s race allows you to look different after death. As a mortal, he was a woman, but in the afterlife, he chose to become a man. The team first called him they, and then they became him, emphasizing the desire to become a man.

Cash stressed that the team will continue to develop ideas for inclusiveness in the future.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will be released on November 24 on PC.

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