In a recent interview with IGN, Tri Force Heroes director Hiromasa Shikata talked about why there is no choice to choose gender in the upcoming 3DS Zelda game. IGN compared Tri Force Heroes’s choice of choosing the garments Link can wear to the Monster Hunter series, and how typically in games which give players a choice of clothing for their character, you also have the choice to choose a gender for it.
“There’s this kingdom, an event happens, and the king needs heroes. So, he puts out a call for heroes to gather and one of those is this guy Link,” Shikata responds. “He sees this audition, basically, ‘Heroes needed; apply here.’ And, that’s the start of his adventure.”
“The story calls for [a] legend where heroes come together […] In that, they are male characters.”
He continues, “The story calls for this sort of legend/prophecy where heroes will come together to help solve a problem. And in that, they are male characters. So, because the game is set with that as the story background, you cannot choose a gender; you are a male character.”
Shikata then, in an attempt to diffuse any potential anger from female fans, confirms that there are a lot of female staff that enjoy the game, and don’t have a problem with not being able to play as a female Link, and says Link “isn’t the most masculine of guys” anyway.