One of the bigger news stories in gaming right now is the presence of women in Battlefield 5’s multiplayer, particularly the fact that they’re playable. Many claim that this ruins the game’s historical accuracy for many. However, Yoko Taro of Nier fame has commented on the Battlefield 5 historical accuracy controversy.
Taro’s commentary on the entire situation is just as absurdist as you can often expect Japanese culture to be, especially in the manner of anime, where he says that girls become battleships, students drive tanks, warlords become pretty boys who love other pretty boys, and more.
Taro is speaking of a variety of different anime and manga shows and tropes, such as Arpeggio of Blue Steel where mysterious battleships are piloted by supercomputers that use cute schoolgirls as their avatars, and Girls Und Panzer, where girls at a small boarding school compete in the art of sensha-do…tank driving.
Yoko Taro’s comment about the Battlefield 5 historical accuracy controversy brings to light a significant difference in the way that games and popular culture are developed in the East as opposed to the West. While Imperial Japan very rarely had women in military roles except for in the most desperate (and sometimes involuntary) of circumstances, the country has often allowed girls to be placed in central roles of games as the heroine, who can hold their own just as well as men.
A response from EA about the controversy over the Battlefield 5 historical accuracy controversy several days ago had said that EA and DICE said that they developed the game in order for players to have fun, not to be historically accurate. Considering all of the stuff you can normally do in Battlefield games, it shouldn’t be that big of an issue, but hopefully it will die down as the game comes out.
Battlefield 5 will be coming out in October 21 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.