It’s been a while since Battlefield V got announced and everyone has been talking about the game praising what’s new in the game and some have also been criticising the game due to the inclusion of female characters in the game.
Battlefield 5 features women on the frontlines and this decision have seen plenty of criticism from the community. People are calling it feminist propaganda but EA DICE has defended the decision regardless of everything, saying that female soldiers are here to stay.
Former DICE chief Patrick Söderlund was present at E3 2018 and he talked about a lot of things at EA including strategies and answered some frequently asked questions in detail.
Söderlund addressed the misconception that there were no women during World War 2 by saying:
“On the [women] in Battlefield, this is something that the development team pushed. Battlefield V is a lot about the unseen, the untold, the unplayed…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. And we felt like in today’s world—I have a 13-year-old daughter that when the trailer came out and she saw all the flak, she asked me, ‘Dad, why’s this happening?’ and she plays Fortnite, and says, ‘I can be a girl in Fortnite. Why are people so upset about this?’ She looked at me and she couldn’t understand it. And I’m like, ok, as a parent, how the hell am I gonna respond to this, and I just said, ‘You know what? You’re right. This is not ok.’
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]. 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.”
That’s a detailed explanation and it’s true that gaming nowadays is gender diverse like it has never been before and we are constantly seeing main protagonists of the game as women so why not in Battlefield V.