You may have noticed the backlash to Battlefield V regarding the game’s inclusion of women. Using the hashtag #NotMyBattlefield, passionate fans have been making their distaste for this abundantly clear, calling it “historically inaccurate”. EA has now made its stance on the matter in an interview with Gamasutra at E3 2018.
Patrick Södurland, chief creative officer of Electronic Arts, said that including women in the game was “something that the development team pushed”, and clarified the integral role that women played in WWII. “The common perception is that there were no women in World War II. There were a ton of women who both fought in World War II and partook in the war.”
When questioned about the naysayers in particular, Södurland said: “These are people who are uneducated — they don’t understand that this is a plausible scenario, and listen: this is a game. And today gaming is gender-diverse, like it hasn’t been before. There are a lot of female people who want to play, and male players who want to play as a badass [woman].”
He continued: “And we don’t take any flak. We stand up for the cause, because I think those people who don’t understand it, well, you have two choices: either accept it or don’t buy the game. I’m fine with either or. It’s just not ok.”
Hopefully this puts an end to all the nonsense.