Unless you’re living under a rock then you will know that EA recently revealed Battlefield V. While many were happy with the trailer we were shown, some weren’t so happy.
As you can see from the trailer above the gameplay looks hectic as all hell. There is stuff exploding all over the place, as well as one badass female soldier who smashes an enemy soldier in the head with a bat. Unfortunately the presence of female soldiers in BFV has caused quite a stir.
Many were complaining that the game isn’t historically accurate because of it’s depiction of female soldiers in a WWII setting (many state that females didn’t serve in WWII), but many rebut this with tales of female soldiers from WWII. Some were even posting with the hashtag #NotMyBattlefield, as well as claims that EA were pandering to their audience by including a woman not only in the game but also on the cover of the game.
This has lead to DICE boss Oskar Gabrielson taking to Twitter to help clarify this situation. His full tweets are available in one thread, but the main points he hit on were:
- Player choice and female playable characters aren’t going anywhere
- The choice was made so that BFV represented all those that were a part of the war
- Boundaries were pushed to deliver unexpected experiences
- This is #EveryonesBattlefield
The replies to Gabrielson’s tweets are mixed. Many once again state that this is pandering, while others state that having a female soldier who is also an amputee isn’t historically accuracate. The one argument for historical accuracy I have repeatedly seen used is the case of Lyudmila Pavlichenko; a Soviet sniper who killed 309 German soldiers and is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history, and one of the greatest snipers of all time. Many claim that her story, as well as the stories of other brave females, should be used as material for BFV.
When you take a step back you can somewhat see the argument from both sides. WWII affected the lives of everyone involved, directly or indirectly. However those fighting in the war did include brave women, as well as men. Those women should be represented, and maybe the female soldier shown in the trailer isn’t historically accurate but we have only seen one trailer. They are more than likely more stories to be told, and maybe even more true to history stories about some of the female soldiers who contributed to the war effort in WWII. We shouldn’t be basing the entire historical accuracy of a game from one two and a half minute trailer. Let’s wait and see what EA and DICE have done with BFV. There is definitely more to the game than we have seen.