Apex Legends features a colorful cast of characters, and among them is Catalyst, the game’s first trans Legend. With this being the plan from the get-go with Catalyst, developer Respawn wanted to make sure they got things right from all perspectives, so they called in some expert help.

In an interview with Games Industry, Respawn 3D character artist Mirim Lee discussed how their team worked hand-in-hand with GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to ensure Catalyst was created with the utmost care.

“At that time it was very helpful because GLAAD was double-checking with us if things could be misunderstood by people, or if we were missing something. (It was) a very collaborative process.

Nobody was standing against anything, and they understood the game production very well too. It was very useful and very helpful. We still didn’t really change a big part of anything. They agreed with a lot we’d already done, and it was a very smooth process.”

[Respawn 3D character artist Mirim Lee]

UPDATE: IGN has also released a video in which they discuss Catalyst with Rewspawn, which you can watch in full below.

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1y ago

But… why? Isn’t trans a condition where a person is born in the wrong body, and undergoes affirmation surgery to remedy this mismatch. In a video game a trans character would simply be the opposite sex and have all the features consistent with the opposite sex.