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EA responds to Battlefield V backlash with common sense

EA has addressed the backlash, from some gamers, around Battlefield V, centering on women being playable in the game.

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EA has addressed the backlash, from some gamers, around Battlefield V, centering on women being playable in the game.

In an interview Gamasutra, EA’s chief creative officer, Patrick Soderlund, offered a simple solution: “You have two choices: either accept it, or don’t buy the game. I’m fine with either/or.”

Soderlund then went on:

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.”

He also addressed the group of players who have a problem with the presence of women in the game:

“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].”

Battlefield V is due out on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on October 19.


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