DICE’s desperate attempts to recast WWII as a war fought by proud womyn and diversity is already backfiring even more badly than their earlier foray into Star Wars themed online casinos, with even non-gamers starting to realize that something is afoot.
Battlefield V’s reveal trailer, bombarded by a hail of dislikes:
Easily one of its most hated aspects is the introduction of a female soldier, whose martial prowess in the trailer must be a reflection of the latest historical findings that the majority of frontline combat soldiers were women.
The female soldier (who ends up saving the protagonist in the trailer and is also playable in multiplayer) also takes the spotlight on the game’s cover art, with DICE abusing the situation by offering to give buyers cover art featuring a man instead for an extra $20; remaining fans hoping that there will be any sort of change are unfortunately out of luck according to DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson:
“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.
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!”
Among other complaints were the abundance of black soldiers wielding Japanese swords that many have compared to some young child’s fabricated fantasy story – some of the comments on the reveal trailer:
The franchise’s remaining fans likely have only themselves to blame – after rewarding the mockery of European history present in Battlefield One and then the slot machine gameplay of Battlefield Disney, all that is left is to see what new horrors EA and its peons at DICE can devise…