Call of Duty: WWII will include female fighters on the front-lines of its multiplayer and single-player campaign, according to developers.
In a tweet to Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey, one fan asked about the presence of women in the game’s multiplayer on behalf of his concerned wife. Condrey’s response was an enthusiastic confirmation that they would show up.
@indy8818 Yes, for sure!
— Michael Condrey (@MichaelCondrey) April 30, 2017
As far as the single-player campaign is concerned, playable females will be present there as well. A recent GamesRadar interview with Condrey revealed that the game’s campaign would have players take on the role of a female French Resistance fighter named Rousseau. Other campaign characters revealed thus far include a German family with two sisters, a British officer named Crowley, and an African-American officer named Cormack.
“We really wanted to capture that it was a global cause, right?” Condrey told GamesRadar. “The Allied force was a global force, the German force, the Axis force, was more than just the Nazis. It was Germans as well as other nations involved, and so it was important for us to not… This isn’t an American war, this isn’t a story of an American squad—this is a global cast, and so you’ll see some really powerful performances on both sides of the war.”
The game’s female inclusion has spurred some online controversy regarding the shooter’s historical accuracy, considering women were not allowed to serve as soldiers at the time. Women were, however, part of various resistance groups during the war—as the campaign will apparently explore—so there is reasonable precedent for their participation. Additionally, failure to include women in the multiplayer while they play a role in the story could have resulted in a similar backlash faced by Battlefield 1.
Call of Duty: WWII is slated to launch November 3rd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The shooter’s recent livestream reveal unveiled a healthy amount about the upcoming game—such as a teased return of the Nazi Zombies survival mode—but, as for multiplayer, fans will have to wait until E3 2017 for its reveal.