Battlefield V developer DICE is doubling down on its decision to add female playable characters to multiplayer.
The inclusion of women soldiers in Battlefield V‘s reveal event unsurprisingly created some controversy among those who didn’t find it historically accurate, or just didn’t want women in their video games. DICE executive producer Aleksander Grøndal tangentially addressed the issue in a tweet, stating “We will always put fun over authentic :)”, but in a more recent Twitter thread, DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson met issue head-on, asserting that “Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay.”
First, let me be clear about one thing. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay. pic.twitter.com/fvi9riUZDM
— Oskar Gabrielson (@ogabrielson) May 25, 2018
“We want Battlefield V to represent all those who were a part of the greatest drama in human history, and give players choice to choose and customize the characters they play with,” Gabrielson continues on in the thread. “Our commitment as a studio is to do everything we can to create games that are inclusive and diverse. We always set out to push boundaries and deliver unexpected experiences. But above all, our games must be fun!”
As can be seen in the comments to the developer’s post, some of the complaints are regarding the representation of the women in the game, rather than the fact they’re in it, but either way, this shouldn’t be as big of an issue as it is. There is certainly something a little disingenuous about DICE’s stance that it will “always put fun over authentic”, considering authenticity was purportedly one of the developer’s reasons behind not including female soldiers in Battlefield 1 until a late-stage expansion, but it is still good to see progress.
Battlefield V is slated to launch October 19th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with access unlocking early on October 11th for those that are subscribed to EA/Origin Access, and October 16th for those that pick up the Deluxe Edition. Recently, fans learned that the shooter would feature a premium currency, replacing loot boxes as a more direct way to unlock cosmetic content.