Valve considered adding female characters to Team Fortress 2 but decided against it
A female Heavy would have been brilliant.
Former Valve artist Drew Wolf has today shown off some interesting prototype designs he put together for the multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2.
Back in the late 2000s, Wolf designed female versions of all TF2's character classes: the Pyro, the Scout, the Heavy, the Spy, the Demoman, the Soldier, the Sniper and the Medic. These designs were part of an internal pitch at Valve to introduce female characters to the game, with Wolf's aim to "add dimension to the current roster of in-game characters". Sadly, however, the pitch was ultimately turned down.
While the entire pitch hadn't been revealed until now, back in 2009 fans uncovered a female head texture in the game files and began debating whether the masked Pyro was, in fact, female. It's now clear that the rogue texture was part of this grander pitch for diversifying the TF2 line-up.
You can view all of the designs along with more of Drew Wolf's work on his personal site.