The upcoming Battlefield V will feature female soldiers in a World War II setting, and that has some gamers upset.
The backlash began when the first trailer for the game was dropped this week. It shows a female soldier fighting alongside her comrades against an approaching army. The woman wears a prosthetic arm, and at one point, kills a man with a cricket bat.
As of Friday, the trailer has attracted over 6.3 million views on YouTube. But the response to the footage has been decidedly mixed. Some gamers have pointed to the woman soldier and her “robotic arm” as evidence that Battlefield V is sacrificing historical accuracy for the sake of political correctness.
“Why ya gotta force females into this, so inaccurate and ridiculous,” wrote one commenter on YouTube.
The criticism has sparked the hashtag #notmybattlefield. But despite the harsh reaction, the player's developer, EA DICE, does not plan on changing a thing.
“Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay,” said Oskar Gabrielson in a tweet on Friday .
“We want Battlefield V to represent all those who were part of the greatest drama in human history,” he said, later adding: ” and diverse. “
The Battlefield sandbox has always been about the game the way you want. Like attempting to fit three players on a galloping horse, with flamethrowers. With BFV you also get the chance to play as you want. This is #everyonesbattlefield. pic.twitter.com/jZkzSRjIwL– Oskar Gabrielson (@ogabrielson) May 25, 2018
To emphasize his point, Gabrielson also tweeted the hashtag #everyonesbattlefield, along with a GIF showing that past Battlefield games have little been realistic .
His remarks probably will not sit well with the critics, but the controversy highlights the ongoing culture wars over the gaming industry, feminism, diversity and politics in their products.
World War II-centered games male marketing. However, the developers for Battlefield V have decided to prominently feature a few women fighters in the game's promotional materials.
The controversy has also been stirring up the debate over the historical accuracy in the video games and whether it matters. However, it should be noted that women did serve during World War II. Some fought as resistance fighters and spies. Among them was Nancy Wake; she was credited with saving the lives of hundreds of them.
Nancy Wake. Kiwi / Aussie who joined the SOE and parachuted into Nazi-held France. Led Maquis cells. Killed with her bare hands. Women fought just as hard as men. #BattlefieldV pic.twitter.com/59y7if0GCc– Mike Stuchbery ???? (@MikeStuchbery_) May 24, 2018
In the Soviet Army, women also fought on the front lines. Lyudmila Pavlichenko, for instance, was a sniper in the Red Army who was credited with killing at least 309 enemy soldiers.
Battlefield V will be released on October. 19 for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js