Fans are a little disappointed on the newly released Jump Force game. Despite the several critics received because of its dull mechanics and boring gameplay players have a more significant concern about the game.
The roster of the manga-crossover fighting game consists of 40-characters from which only three of them are women — Boa Hancock from One Piece, Rukia from Bleach, and Kaguya from Naruto. On top of this, the players don’t have access to Rukia Kuchiki’s powers that made her a force to be reckoned with in the earlier stages of the manga’s storyline.
Even though the magazine in which the game is based targets young boys, it also has a massive audience of women and plenty of female characters to choose from. This is a common occurrence in crossover fighting games; Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite received backlash from the players because of the lack of female presence, and even they had more female characters to choose from than Jump Force.
An excellent example of a balanced roster on fighting games would be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with more than 20 female characters available to the players. Jump Force has a character creator option in which the player can make a female character, but the biggest attraction of crossover fighting games is playing with the characters from your favorite series, this does not happen with a self-created character.
Shonen Jump has been out for more than 50 years, there are PLENTY of amazing options to include in the roster, and there’s no excuse for it only to be 7% female.