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DICE Under Fire Regarding Women and Customization in Battlefield V

by William Schwartz

Is DICE veering too far away from historical accuracy with Battlefield V?

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The reveal of Battlefield V earlier this week did not go off without a hitch.  While the developers did a short and sweet reveal of the game that showcased what appeared to be a representation of what the gameplay would look like, they didn’t answer all the burning questions that Battlefield fans had and they most certainly started an unexpected conversation.

Though the game does seem to be changing significantly this year in terms of gameplay, this was not the most talked about thing coming out of the reveal.  A couple of things stirred the pot for Battlefield V and that was the prominence of women in the World War II shooter and the ridiculous customization options.  Some argue that women did NOT play a central role in this conflict and that making it a focal point of the game is essentially re-writing history.  Some have also taken offense to the customization options that DICE has ramped up in this game, saying that this aspect of the game is disrespecting the millions who lost their lives in this bloody war.

The conversation has gotten so heated that DICE has decided to address the complaints via Twitter.

“We wanted to empower play choice, diversity and inclusion, so our players can fully customize the way that they want their soldiers look and play.  With that, there are a plethora of customization options for your soldiers including body types, gender, war paints and more,” reads the short statement by DICE.

Those comments don’t make it sound like customization is going anywhere.  In fact, if Star Wars Battlefront 2 is any indication it’ll likely be a large part of the after-purchase monetization strategy that EA has in place.  Regardless, DICE and EA have made some consumer friendly moves with Battlefield V in removing the Season Pass for the game and they claim that there is nothing in the game that could be classified as “Pay to Win.”

Battlefield V is slated for release this October on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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