I'm only phrasing that as it was worded to me.I have just a nitpick about this and this might come off as "sjw-ish." I don't like the idea of a "dark-skinned female," being considered an "archetype." It just screams tokenism [and fetishism to an extent]. Just make a cool character, who happens to be dark-skinned. They did it with Zas, so they could do it for a woman, too. Part of the reason why the women in Black Panther were so heavily praised was because the film treated them with significance. It's not that hard to do
I don't mean to derail the topic, but that's just my two cents
Like WuHT is saying here, the idea is more to follow what's "in" in the fighting game market since Menat and Ramlethal were especially received very well by fans. And Urbosa wound up being a very popular character on Breath of the Wild.I know what you mean. Make their character bad ass even without the skin colour, and then make them happen to be dark skinned. What Verge is trying to say (I hope I'm not misinterpreting the intentions of the developers) is they're trying to put in traits that are "cool" at the moment. I don't think they're trying to fit in a quota, but they want to make a character that is instantly recognizable as different from the existing cast.
I don't think Viola was introduced because Gypsies were all the latest rage back in 2012, for example.
The idea seems to be more strictly that the general idea was a "big badass muscular woman with dark skin," both of which would be completely new female character types in one specific character itself that they wanted to add.
I don't know where exactly that would definitely mean the character would've been and would be from, but given the century the game takes place during, they do have options of civilizations and ethnicities that would fit the general idea at least. I would just hope that their weaponry is something directly from what they are from to represent the culture since fans have been wanting more cultural weaponry, but that's been overlooked in favor of "cool and kind of magical things" due to Algol on IV, then ZWEI and Viola on V for instance.
That's how I see it anyway.
The idea seems to be that they wanted to include a new character type altogether, which is a tall muscular woman, that of which has dark skin. Among the cast she would clearly stand out.
I can see how it could be an issue with some is if she feels too caricatured, but to SC's credit, they tend to do cultural things really well when they do them and the characters wind up being stylish and cool.
So long as they treat the idea itself with respect like I think they could, it can work.