Minecraft doesn’t really have characters, per se, but the default human is Steve. Steve is definitely guy-like. So Minecraft is adding Alex, a slightly remodeled human who also happens to be a woman. Mojang’s Owen reported this good news yesterday, stating that Steve—despite his fantastic stubble—doesn’t really represent the diversity of Minecraft’s massive playerbase.

Alex comes with red hair, a ponytail, and thinner arms. She supposedly looks a bit like one of Minecraft’s developers.  This is a very cool move for the game. Tons of kids love Minecraft, including thousands of girls who will now get to see themselves represented in the world. We’re excited to see who else Mojang will add to the normal lineup!

Alex_Pack_XBoxOne_Screenshot_06This announcement comes right after develpers of another wildly popular game, Call of Duty, also announced that they will have a playable female character in their next Black Ops title. Call of Duty is rated M for Mature.

The Alex skin (the term for the graphic appearance of a model) will be available for free for Xbox, PlayStation and PC Minecraft players on Wednesday. Later this summer Alex will be available for mobile.

 

Keezy Young

Keezy Young

Keezy is a gamer, illustrator, and designer. Her background is in teaching and tutoring kids from ages 9 to 19, and she's led workshops for young women in STEM. She is also holds a certificate in teaching English. Her first memory of gaming is when her dad taught her to play the first Warcraft when she was five. You can find her at Key of Zee and on Twitter @KeezyBees.