I'm sure this is all just a tremendous coincidence. After all, where in the course of three games would Ragnar have the time or opportunity to introduce a positive White male character, or a negative non-White character??
This is the most fucked up, useless and offensive observation I've read this week — and that includes the Steam forums. I stay away from most discussions these days, because the Internet is an increasingly depressing and upsetting place, but I'd hoped shit like this wouldn't poison our official forum. And since you called me out personally, I feel I'm entitled to respond.
Our team is predominantly white and male. That's unfortunate, and hopefully something we can change in the long term — but hey, we live in Norway and we work in the game industry. Them's the shakes, as they say. As white males, we have absolutely nothing against our own gender or ethnicity, except that it gets dull. We have enough white maleness in our daily lives. Diversity is fun, colourful, inspiring. It makes creating worlds and writing stories more interesting.
I actually believe we've failed miserably at diversity in the past. April was white and straight. Zoë — despite her mixed heritage; she's part Chinese — is, by all appearances, white and straight. Kian has darkish skin, but he also has predominantly Caucasian features (modelled after Persians) and he's played by a white actor. Crow… Well, he's a bird, but he's also played by a white guy. Westhouse, Emma, Mickey, Fiona, Burns Flipper, Benrime Salmin, Freddie Melon, Captain Nebevay, Gordon — TLJ was populated with mostly white characters (along with some magical peoples, and most of those were played by white actors). Looking back, I'm actually embarrassed by the lack of diversity, but the world was a different place and I didn't know any better.
We were conscious of this and tried to introduce more diversity in Dreamfall, but a lot of the new cast — Brynn, Blind Bob, Reza, Gabriel, Crazy Clara, Garmon Koumas, Minstrum Magda — was still white…or at least non-coloured.
(You'll notice that I've also listed characters who are NOT the antagonists or Big Bads of the story. Yep, there are a LOT of positive white characters in this saga. I'd say there's a definite imbalance in favour of European/American whiteness.)
We've once again tried to be more diverse with Dreamfall Chapters, simply to keep it more interesting and real, to challenge ourselves and to reflect our changing world. That goes for everyone — the bad girls, the good guys, the people in-between. Mira's a jerk, and she's Indian. Likho's a bit of a dick, and he's played by a black guy. Magnus is a great guy, and he's as white as they come (and please don't give me any shit about how he's a "bad father"; he's a single dad, struggling to be a positive role model for his daughter while mourning the loss of his wife. As a father myself, that role was written from the heart, and if Magnus is a bad dad, then so am I).
I know you're trolling, and I'm sure I'm giving you exactly what you want right now, but this kind of shit frustrates, annoys and upsets me greatly. We don't have a "political agenda"…other than to try and represent a world where there aren't just white guys, but a mix of good people and bad people of all colours, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Like the real world. Because if our fictional worlds stayed as white as they were in Dreamfall and TLJ, they would appear ridiculously outdated, which ruins the fiction. I think we're still not there, but at least we're on par with other media now. I'm not ashamed of a lack of diversity in Chapters.
But hey, perhaps this is not the real world you live in. Maybe you live in a world where your whiteness and maleness is under constant threat from increased diversity and acceptance of others who may not look, speak or act like us. And if that's the case…maybe it's time you reflected a bit on your values and position, or you'll be left far, far behind.