Hayley Williams

How Horizon Zero Dawn Moves Beyond The Strong Female Character

How Horizon Zero Dawn Moves Beyond The Strong Female Character

Horizon Zero Dawn is an unequivocal landmark of gender equality in AAAs. Aloy reps the cause so overtly that it barely even needs to be said. She’s a strong female character in every way, from her practical, unsexualised character design to the pivotal role she plays in the story. Hell, she even comes from a shamelessly matriarchal goddess-worshipping society.

But plenty of games have strong female characters. Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the first to take the next step, setting its heroine free in a truly progressive world.

See You Next Mission, Kotaku!

See You Next Mission, Kotaku!

After three and a bit years at Allure Media, I’m heading out, but I can’t leave without saying bye. While I’ve been Lifehacker’s Deputy Editor since September, I spent a good chunk of my time here writing for Kotaku, and this site will always have a special place in my…