DICE: It’s a Shame We Didn’t Add Women in Battlefield 1

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When the trailer for Battlefield V was released, possibly one of the biggest reactions the trailer received was its inclusion of women in the frontlines. While some fans might still be infuriated at this historical inaccuracy, it seems DICE doesn’t share the same sentiment.

Speaking with GamesRadar, Aleksander Grondal, Executive Producer at DICE, states that he wished that they included in Battlefield 1 as well.

I mean, if we were getting on the bandwagon, I created Battlefield 1, and we could’ve ‘jumped on the bandwagon’ that time around.

I think it’s a shame we didn’t [add women], because that perhaps would’ve been better for us. I don’t think it’s a bandwagon thing, I think it’s about gamers wanting to express themselves in different ways. If you take a look at Battlefield historically, it’s been about expressing yourself through gameplay, solving problems the way you want to, and these characters fall perfectly in line with that thinking.

While some might think Grondal doesn’t care about the fans that are against the inclusion of women as playable characters, he explains why they’re doing it for Battlefield V, and it’s due to simply making the game be as personalized as possible.

Of course, any time that someone is upset about some choices that you make in the game, it’s not great.

It’s not what you want to do, you want to create a game that’s the best game for all our players. That being said, we decided to make a game that involved personalising a character, creating your own company of soldiers. And we thought it was right that you could be able to be whomever you wanted to be in that context. We stand by that. I still think it’s the right thing to do, and I still think it’s the right thing for us as a franchise. It takes a good bit of balancing.

Personally, for me, it’s just a character skin. It’s not like you’ll run faster or slower, or it’ll affect gameplay. It’ll add more cosmetic choices as well, so there’s more to grind and unlock, right?

Are you upset with the inclusion of playable women characters in Battlefield V? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments.

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