Crackdown 2 will let players customize their agents in a wide variety of ways, as long as they don’t want to play as a female character. Just like in the original Crackdown, the reason lies in memory limitations.
“In Crackdown, the amount of memory that it was going to take for it to do all the actual animation, the texture sets and the models for the females — we would’ve needed to massively reduce other sections of the game,” said Billy Thomson, Ruffian Games’ creative director. “So rather than do two separate models, we cut it back and gave the player as much customization as we could on the male character and that allowed us to use that extra memory to do other things in the game.”
“When it came to Crackdown 2, you’ve got four players (in cooperative play), and that means every single player can be a different character and that has to be in memory all the time. We had to save memory all over the place because we’ve got so much more content in this game than we had in the first game. We don’t stream.”
Producer James Cope adds, however, that there will be a female protagonist in the game and that she will be “very important for Crackdown as a franchise.”