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Farming Simulator 17 to add female farmers

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I'm not a regular player of the Farming Simulator series--I'm more of a Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley kind of guy--but Focus Home Interactive must be serving a niche community because they keep making and selling these games. Farming Simulator 17, due out on October 25th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, adds the ability to play as a female farmer, apparently for the first time in the series.

Focus Home Interactive is acting like this is a big deal for diversity, which I find a little amusing. The aforementioned Harvest Moon has let you play as a female farmer for over a decade, and it's a default option in Stardew Valley. According to Focus Home, this addition "reflects the diverse and ever-expanding industry of agriculture." Umm excuse me Focus Home, but the ghost of my great-great-grandmother, who was a poor dirt farmer back in Italy, would like a word with you.


Giants Software and Focus Home Interactive are pleased to announce today the continuation of their partnership for the release of Farming Simulator 17, arriving simultaneously on PC and consoles at the end of 2016. The game will be introduced for the first time during the What's Next of Focus Home Interactive press event organised in Paris, where journalists across the world can discover all upcoming titles released by Focus. There, they can also meet the developers of Farming Simulator 17 and discover some of the brand new features added to Giants Software's upcoming title.

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  July 15, 2016

Diversity in Agriculture: Farming Simulator 17 to Offer Female Characters

Farming Simulator 17, the latest game from GIANTS SOFTWARE, will be available on October 25, 2016 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC. This new entry in the series brings even more content than before, with new vehicles and branded machinery, new animals to care for, new crop types and for the first time, as announced at E3 2016, the availability of Mods on consoles. Finally, the long-awaited option to play as a female farmer will be made possible in the new addition to the popular franchise.

As requested by the passionate Farming Simulator community, the ability to play a female farmer reflects the diverse and ever-expanding industry of agriculture, making Farming Simulator 17 more realistic and rewarding than ever before. As illustrated in the images released today, players will now be able to select their avatar's gender at the beginning of the game, along with customizing their clothes. This exciting new option will also appear among the workers you can hire: both men and women will give you a hand with the many tasks that a farmer sees throughout the day!

More new features will be unveiled the coming weeks and Farming Simulator 17 will be present at Gamescom 2016 in Köln on August 17-19th. Book an appointment to attend a presentation of the game made by the devs:
  • Farming Simulator 17 will release on October 25, 2016, for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC.
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