Battlefield 5’s Female Soldiers Are Here To Stay Despite Backlash
The World War II first person shooter has received heavy criticism for its decision to use playable female characters.
EA and DICE revealed the news by including a woman on their games front cover, who will be able to be used during both single player and multiplayer game modes.
It's the first time that the games online game play has included a female character and DICE boss Oskar Gabrielson used Twitter to defend his company's choice.
"First, let me be clear about one thing. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay.
"We want Battlefield V to represent all those who were a part of the greatest drama in human history, and give players choice to choose and customize the characters they play with."
Some fans of the series questioned why they would try to address diversity issues in a supposedly historically accurate game and started viral hashtags such as "#notmybattlefield," to which Gabrielson answered:
"Our commitment as a studio is to do everything we can to create games that are inclusive and diverse. We always set out to push boundaries and deliver unexpected experiences. But above all, our games must be fun!"
To those who didn't know, women did actually fight within World War II. A British spy named Elieen Nearne managed to escape from Ravensbruck after being captured and tortured by the Gestapo, and even more, a Russian sniper, named Lyudmila Pavlichenko, had 309 confirmed kills.
The role of women as main characters in video games is not something new, so as to why a new Battlefield game couldn't also use them is unclear. The previous title, Battlefield 1, also received backlash when DICE used a black man as their cover soldier, and they was subsequently accused of "black-washing" history.
At the end of the day, this is just a game. Battlefront has always used points in history as a backbone but they've not always stuck to the script. It's predicted that we'll find out more on the story of this woman at E3 and maybe even more on the other who was spotted in the games screenshots, who has an amputated arm.
Words by: Matthew McGladdery