Considering that it's Polygon, they're probably being paid by WB to write stuff that will garner inflammatory responses as a way of generating hype.this, wb is big (and corporate) enough that they can shit on it, and they do want to sell it to kids/teens after all. so unless I see a gender slider in the launch version, I'm gonna take that with a huge grain of salt.
Advertising is mostly galaxy brains with 4D chess at this point.
Having a gender slider also does nothing except make the body looks more masculine or feminine which is what all character creators wind up doing anyways.
Now the real problem is fat people, fat people never worked well with rigging systems and they had to design a bunch of support rigging systems just for fat characters. And if it has a real cloth modifier applied to the geometry it gets even worse.