Battlefield 5 causes quite a stir. With the unveiling of the WWII time shooter, EA and DICE revealed that the character on the front page is a woman and the multiplayer will be showing playable female characters for the first time. DICE boss Oskar Gabrielson participated on Twitter to defend the decision.
In the last few days since the revelation, some Battlefield fans have been upset over the female character who tops the cover art of the game. Hashtags like "#notmybattlefield" aim to demand more "historical accuracy" in the game. Many have claimed that EA and DICE address a minority audience with this creative decision rather than accurately portray the story.
His statement goes on to say, "We want Battlefield V to represent all those who were part of the biggest drama in the story and give players the ability to select and customize the characters they play with." [1
In Battlefield was never about telling a truthful moment in the story. Battlefield exists as a work of historical fiction inspired by true events and people. Gabrielson goes on to say: "The Battlefield Sandbox was always about playing the way you want, like playing three players on a galloping horse with flame throwers, and with BFV you have the chance to play as well you want. Everyonesbattlefield. "
Women who play and play a major role in this game are not a rewriting of history – women actually fought in World War II. Some notable ones are Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Russian sniper with 309 confirmed kills, making her the deadliest sniper in history; Wanda Gertz, a Polish soldier who posed as a man, began her career in World War I and eventually led a purely female battalion; and Elieen Nearne, a British spy who was sent to France to start a network called the Wizard. She was caught by the Gestapo, tortured and taken to Ravensbrück, and later escaped during a transfer to another forced labor camp.
When Battlefield 1 was released in 2016, a black man depicting a Harlem Hellfighter appeared on the cover placed and featured in the campaign next to a Muslim woman. A similar outburst also came from the community as the game of "black-washing" history was accused.
Not only is the character on the standard edition of Battlefield 5 a woman, but it also seems another female protagonist in the screenshots of the game, who is also disabled. Her left arm is amputated and replaced with an era-appropriate prosthesis. From that moment on, we do not know who or what to represent, or if she is the same woman on the cover.
We'll probably learn more about their role at E3 in just one year. Few weeks, and what other minorities will be represented in the game from campaign to multiplayer. Take a look at the biggest changes to Battlefield 5 and watch the game behind closed doors. Battlefield 5 released on October 16 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.