Every playable character in Team Fortress 2 is a dude. But the recent release of an artist's old work shows that Valve at least toyed with the idea of introducing women into the game's roster.
Drew Wolf, who spent nine years working at Valve as an artist, overhauled his website recently and amongst some other cool stuff — like ideas for a DOTA 2 cartoon — there's a range of illustrations showing Team Fortress 2 classes, part of "an internal pitch project aimed to bring female characters to the cast of Team Fortress 2."
"With the exception of their class function, It was important that each design presented an entirely new character", Wolf writes on his site. "I wanted these characters to live on their own and add dimension to the current roster of in-game characters. The goal of the project was to dive deep into possibilities and facilitate creative discussion."
Obviously nothing ever came of this, or the DOTA 2 cartoon, or some of the other Valve-related stuff Wolf has in his portfolio. You can see some highlights of what I've been talking about below, and check out more of his incredible art at his personal site.
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