Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Video Details Iden Versio; Worries Mount Over Feminist Propaganda
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Feminism
(Last Updated On: May 19, 2017)

Lucasfilms and Motive revealed more details about the protagonist of Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Iden Versio. They released a short video documentary talking about the story they wanted to tell regarding the Empire, and how they wanted to focus on a loyal group of elite Imperial troopers.

In this case the story centers around Iden Versio, the leader of the Inferno Squad, the most elite group of soldiers under the Empire’s command.

According to the video below, Iden is an elite pilot and the daughter of an esteemed Imperial Admiral. She’s a complete loyalist and believes in the principles of the Empire. According to Lucasfilm’s creative executive, Steve Blank, they wanted a story about Imperial troopers who were portrayed as authentic to the Empire’s cause – troops who didn’t come across as brainwashed, or harboring resentment from conscription.

The story will span the likes of 30 years, following the Inferno Squad from their quest for revenge against the Rebels after the destruction of the Death Star all the way up to their role in the establishment of Kylo Ren’s formation of the First Order. The story will start with the Empire and eventually allow players to take on the hero roles of both Imperial icons and Rebel legends, such as Luke Skywalker.

Electronic Arts and DICE also revealed that Iden and the Inferno Squad will be on a mission of redemption after they’re betrayed by the Empire.

Motive is receiving some aid in developing the story of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 from BioWare Montreal, the studio that was in charge of developing Mass Effect: Andromeda. BioWare Montreal was moved over to help Motive after the critical and commercial failure of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which resulted in the series being put on “hiatus” by Electronic Arts.

The story itself is being co-written by a former IGN reviewer, hardcore male feminist and Social Justice Warrior, Mitch Dyer. Dyer is receiving help with the story from Walt Williams, the same mind behind Spec-Ops: The Line.

There’s a lot of mixed feeling about the game. Some people worry that Disney’s new feminist-themed approach to Star Wars may end up finding its way into Star Wars: Battlefront 2.





Others have expressed concerns that following on the heels of how Rey was presented in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens that they’re hoping Iden isn’t a Mary Sue or little more than SJW propaganda.



Not everyone was riding the hate train, though. There were plenty of people ready to dive in and defend the decision by Motive and Lucasfilms to focus the campaign mode on Iden.



It’s not even just limited to the videos for Battlefront 2. The conversation seems to have seeped and spilled out across most of the discussions across the web.

The interesting thing here is that a lot of people seem to have many of the same concerns that the story mode will be a third-wave feminist-oriented tale with a Mary Sue lead character. The forced issue from the media regarding “diversity” and “progressivism” in entertainment lately has exhausted a lot of people. In fact, across the web a lot of people have become fatigued on all the identity politics taking over the conversation, especially in AAA gaming.

Sadly, it looks like even when not focusing on feminist talking points in the videos or trailers, gamers are still picking up the vibes whiffing in the air, almost like a dog sniffing out the scent of barbecue ribs on the grill during a breezy summer day in July.

What’s odd here is that despite spending two minutes talking about Iden Versio and claiming this is the first time a story has focused solely from the point of view of the Empire (which is untrue, since Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 featured a full campaign following the 501st from the Clone Wars up through to the end of the Galactic Civil War and Tie Fighter took place only from the point of view of the Empire) we don’t actually know much about Iden. We learn that she’s a pilot, but how did she become an expert pilot? What’s her story? What makes her special other than her gender? We learn that she’s the daughter of an Admiral but why is she loyal to the Empire?

So far Lucasfilms, Disney, Electronic Arts, DICE, and Motive haven’t done much to actually assuage concerns about the story campaign mode in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 being another third-wave feminist-laced piece of propaganda.

They’ll really need to start exploring more aspects of talking about the campaign other than that they have a female lead who is fighting for the Empire, because that’s hardly going to be a selling point for most fans; especially in comparison to the extremely fun, well done, and expansive campaign mode in Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 from 12 years ago.


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  • MONAD

    I’ll likely spend a good majority of my time in multiplayer, tbh. I’ll only spend as much time on the Campaign so I can finish it and move on. Hopefully the campaign’ll be a short 5-6 hours. It never really bothered me that the original Battlefront went multiplayer only.

    I think because of this recent push of female / “minority” led stories it’s making me apathetic towards story based games in general. I just can’t give a shit anymore. Whenever someone says their cast of characters is “diverse” now, I tend to drown it out and my eyes glaze over. I complete the story mode and just move on to the multiplayer where I tend to have a lot more fun with the experience. I just.. I just don’t fucking care. They’re burning me out, and I honestly can’t see myself caring a lot of the time.

    • I’m a bit of the opposite these days. I hardly touch multiplayer in most games and would rather play the campaign mode. I got burned out on a lot of multiplayer games during the mid 2000s, which is why DICE’s first Battlefront was fun for me for a whole hour or so and then I never touched it again.

      • MONAD

        Honestly, I’m getting burned out on this shit. I’m sick of over analyzing media in general on whether or not there’ll be a social justice narrative in it. Like the boycott craze before it, I’m just getting tired. I want to enjoy media on my terms, and my terms alone. Whether or not there’s a social justice narrative in it could be someone’s interpretation of it. Folks want to continue this fight? Go ahead, but I’m done. I got bigger shit to worry about.

        • SevTheBear

          Do like me. Play race, games from Japan and maybe GTA 5. Easy on the mind and you don’t have to give a fuck

      • SevTheBear

        I am burned out on pretty much every game coming out atm. I have begone to play games I normally don’t play much of or just skip them totally. But again with the sommer around the corner, it might just be that time of year.

        • I’m looking forward to ARMS. I might get Injustice 2 later on. I’m still going to burn through more of my back catalog. That game The London Heist is fun to play for a few minutes at a time. I really like how you can hide behind stuff during the heist segment and pick off targets.

          But yeah most newer games are trash. They feel really soulless.

          Sonic Mania looks like fun, though.

          • SevTheBear

            I might look into Sonic Mania 🙂

  • LurkerJK

    I remember when i played Tie-Fighter, in that game you play a faceless person, it could by any gender or race, there is no focus on who you are, all the focus is in what you do and what is happening around you, that game was the best star wars game ive ever played.

    … so whats wrong with a faceless stormtrooper protagonist ? imho many games waste far too much time with character back stories only to have players not give a fuck about them while the main story is left unfinished and half baked, a little more focus on whats happening around you would be a breath of fresh air

  • Pratim Gupta

    nobody has problem with diverse selection of characters or a female protagonist, hell Lara Croft is one of my favorites. but i have a huge problem with feminism and pandering to a group that hates normal people and doesn’t even buy the games.

  • Alistair

    There nothing wrong in female lead characters, lighting from FF13 that had a secret she ditch her name claire to lighting.

    Lara croft from tomb raider the 1st reboot was good apart from the outrage of a suppose rape scene had to be censored. The danger of rape was still there. As he pinned her to a wall and try to grab her arm.

    You Wouldn’t think it was done by a SJW too, the intro when lara fall into the sea the camera slows down and forces on her cleavage as the camrea was above lara and in line with her boobs.

    The question is why would the game need to do that if the game is a SJW game. But of course making lara weak as hell hurt so easy is social justice.

    The point is having a female lead characters can be done, imagine if the lead female character look sexy with out man jaws bayonetta was a sexy witch a lead character and she kicked ass. 2B had a sexy booty and booby and she kick arse.

    All these can be done without all these femmist social justice in games.

    And that goes for ecchi games as No social justice are in those games.

    But when you shoehorn femmists social justice in games expect to take a hit like horizon.

  • Disqusted

    It’s their shitty female portrayals that are making people into actual misogynists.

  • RichardGristle

    It’s too bad that the likes of Mitch “The Bitch” Dyer will gay the shit out of this game’s writing because “According to the video below, Iden is an elite pilot and the daughter of an esteemed Imperial Admiral. She’s a complete loyalist and believes in the principles of the Empire.” sounds kind of awesome.

    • Daniel Ream

      I think some of the problem here is that Star Wars has always been pretty two-dimensional in it’s setting. That’s not a criticism; it’s part of Star Wars’ popularity that it isn’t in any way “nuanced”.

      So here we have a character who “…believes in the principles of the Empire”.

      Which are what, exactly?

      • ItEotWaWKI

        So here we have a character who “…believes in the principles of the Empire”.

        Which are what, exactly?

        Palpatine gets two scoops of ice cream, everybody else only gets one.

        • Grey

          He built the Death Star to keep space immigrants out of the Empire.

      • That’s a good point. It’s the equivalent of Dragon Ball Z being about two strong opposing forces consisting of good guys and bad guys fighting until one of them wins. It’s popular because it works.

        So here we have a character who “…believes in the principles of the Empire”.

        Which are what, exactly?

        That’s a salient point. EA (and I suspect it may be more Disney now than EA since Lucas/Disney took full control of that video up above) have released multiple trailers without once defining the Empire in Battlefront 2. They haven’t really defined Iden either. All we know is that they’re getting revenge against the Rebels because the Emperor died.

        • Daniel Ream

          The Galactic Empire are literally Space Nazis; Palpatine’s rise to power mirrors (and is intended to mirror) Hitler’s ascension. The Nazis were very good at creating their own kultur out of German history, myth, and wholesale fabrication – ideological Nazi soldiers absolutely had principles they believed in.

          And it appears EA has put themselves in the difficult position of trying to make us root for the Nazis. I’m having trouble seeing how they’re going to write themselves out of the corner of making the protagonists of BF2 consistent with the implied values of the Empire as shown in the onscreen canon and still make them sympathetic to the player. I doubt the average Star Wars gamer wants to be playing the Latina version of Rolfe Gruber.

          • The Galactic Empire are literally Space Nazis

            That’s always been my impression of the Empire just until Disney took over and decided to retcon and make them happy go lucky.

            I’m having trouble seeing how they’re going to write themselves out of the corner of making the protagonists of BF2 consistent with the implied values of the Empire as shown in the onscreen canon and still make them sympathetic to the player.

            They defect.

            It’s a redemption story. It starts with “revenge”, and then they get “betrayed”, and then they earn “redemption”. That’s all according to EA/DICE. So you’re basically going to be starting as the evil team and ending with the good guys if the description and trailers are anything to go by.

          • Daniel Ream

            Oh, sure, but really it’s hard to have much sympathy for an entire fighting force that’s loyally served a government that built not one, but two planet-destroying superweapons designed to wipe out entire civilian populations. The inevitable “Are we the baddies, Hans?” moment rings a little hollow.

  • Eli

    Will this get over 100 comments from sjw lunatics joining the fray like last time? Male feminist sjw types tend to swarm over these topics.

    • More than likely. They can’t help but to come in and make some of the most cringe-worthy, dishonest arguments known to man.

    • RichardGristle
    • ItEotWaWKI

      That’s not a bad thing. The ones that are genuine and simply ignorant maybe, just maybe, might get “red pilled” with a conversation, even if it’s not right away and you never know that it happened.

      Picture this:
      A devout believer in the religion that is “progressivism“/social “justice“/feminism could have a heated argument with someone here, and something said just winds-up sticking with them. One little statement, nagging at them, bugging them, like a song stuck in your head that just won’t go away.

      So they eventually look into that thing that’s been bothering them in earnest, with a desire to find the truth, and ultimately discover they were wrong in that particular instance. That is the first Jenga block. That is where doubt starts. “What else am I wrong about?

      That notion would be why I personally try to not lead with hostility when talking to someone with strongly held, differing views.

      As for the disingenuous shills. If I were Billy, I’d be happy my little gaming blog attracted the attention of the would be social engineers. That they consider it enough of a threat to attempt gaslighting and/or smearing me and my readers, because it would mean I’d gotten to them, that I’m effective.

    • ReubenHood

      You have keep an eye on those male feminists, you never know when they’ll start raping and murdering.

      https://milo.yiannopoulos.net/2017/05/male-feminist-youtuber-arrested-for-killing-female-co-host/

  • sushiyoda G

    Fine with this one as long as she’s a good character. But, if the next protagonist of anything Star Wars is a new original female character I’m going to start to get annoyed.

  • Bitterbear

    Is it just me or Armenian women are in hot demand among these developers? They’re just missing the hoop rings.

    Not that there’s nothing wrong with Armenian women, but one thing is that one, and another thing is Narine Daneghyan:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb6e39f3cf5fcb89cf6534c241346b9efa343f2af5bcd22256aa56ae4aa013df.jpg

    • RichardGristle

      >Cenk wants to genocide this

    • ItEotWaWKI

      That… is one good looking lady.

      • Alistair

        SJWs would consider that a sexist remark. Even saying “She well fit” Is consider sexist a BBC Tennis reporter got in a bit of trouble by saying it On-Air.

        What he should had said is “She ugly as hell” (Tounge in cheek) being sarcasm is of couse another pet hate of SJWs. They really killjoys.

    • Alistair

      You get a upvote because of photo that shows she Wel…. phew i nearly said it myself.

    • Mr.Towel

      Probably because they can’t tell the difference between Armenians and Turks. They assume all middle eastern people are Muslims therefore is progressive to cheer for them.

      Would be pretty funny to see a SJW meet one true Armenian, these guys are die-hard Christians. Culturally “Western Oppressors” but from “ethnically oppressed” backgrounds. Kind of like how most Latinos are Catholics so SJW just don’t know what to do with them.

  • ŠĆČĐŽŠČĆŠ

    This game will be one big meh like first one.

  • ShepardRahl

    “the daughter of an esteemed Imperial Admiral”

    Because of course she is. It wouldn’t be feminist for her to be a random nobody who actually had to work to get to where she is at.

    • A story about the daughter of an Admiral who is constantly looked down upon by her father because he wanted a son to carry on his legacy… actually could have been decent.

      They could have focused the campaign around her struggles, even tied gameplay learning tutorials into the story — as you’re learning the controls or whatever she gets bombed and ends up in the ICU. Has to spend some time struggling, not only to get good but also to live up to her father’s expectations.

      A struggle-story always goes over well when it’s done right, and it would be a heck of a lot more believable than the story starting with someone presumably in their late 20s, early 30s leading the most fearsome elite troops the galaxy has ever known.

      • ShepardRahl

        Yeah, that actually sounds playable. But then they would probably have to throw in the narrative that her father hates women.

    • Bitterbear

      Seems like it’s a mandatory policy within The Mouse to give daddy issues to every female character they own.

  • Mr.Towel

    Oh, the usual strawmanning from the SJW.

    They can’t get in their thick heads that people are complaining about shoehorning women into everything, not the fact that there is a female protagonist.

  • Gorgon

    >ELITE PREMIUM leader of an ELITE DELUXE squad of ELITE SUPREME soldiers
    >betrayed by the Empire

    Sure, why not betray your SUPER ELITE soldiers to make a contrived reason for them not to be “bad guys”. That doesn’t sound forced or cliche or anything.

    That and, yeah, at this point I’m pretty sure woman protagonist is there primarily to garner SJW points.

    • Laytonaster

      GET BATTLEDUTY MODERN QUARTERS 3 PREMIUM ELITE TODAY

  • Horrorstorm

    The smell of rancid SJW vagina is enough for some.

    They’ll quite happily spend the full over-price of an AAA developed pile of shit just to say they have, and clock in a whopping 45 minutes before abandoning said pile of shit to post their ‘art’ on tumblr.

    The only thing this game has going for it is the potential for fan produced hentai. With Iden being captured by the rebels and brought to squirting orgasm against her will.

    • Mr.Towel

      Is there tentacle monster on SW universe?

      • Gorgon

        There was one in the Death Star’s trash compactor in Episode IV.

  • Yeah, I’m DEFINITELY sticking with the Pandemic Battlefront games. EA & DICE can shove this game right up their back ends.

    • mikebrand83

      And they STILL can’t work out why new game sales have been dropping overall, while more people look towards backlogs and even retro gaming.

      • RichardGristle

        Except for NieR:A, I’ve been 100% all about that backlog life for the first half of 2017.

  • vr

    War, War never changes