Following an outcry over the announcement regarding there not being any playable female characters in Deep Down, the game's producer Kazunori Sugiura elaborated on the issue via its official Facebook page, stating that there was a misconception regarding what playable characters there are in Deep Down (referring to a satire example number proposed in the VG24/7 article on the matter), and that the game will focus around one male character and his fellow Raven companions, as reported by Polygon.
“This is producer Sugiura,” the Facebook post began, as translated by Gematsu. “From our overseas firm, there was big misconception in an article claiming that there were 12 main characters in Deep Down, all of them male. As the person in charge on the development side, I’d like to explain the matter.
There is one male main character in Deep Down. The story is being developed around him and his surrounding Ravens comrades. At the moment, an overseas release hasn’t been decided, but I am grateful for the attention Deep Down is receiving. Please look out for more information in the future.”
It was announced by Sugiura during a recent livestream on NicoNico that there won’t be playable female characters available due to the game’s narrative. Also during the livestream, as detailed by DualShockers, Sugiura revealed that Deep Down will have its own story mode, Remote Play and PlayStation Vita support, and that there will only be four weapon types available at launch (more will be added in updates).
Deep Down was revealed during the PlayStation 4 announcement in February last year, and is a procedurally generated free-to-play dungeon crawler, exclusively for the PlayStation 4 console. The game will have online co-op with up to four players, and is set in New York, 2094. Players will have the ability to travel back in time by touching ancient artifacts, and are able to access memories from the people and objects they touch.