Why Are Black Female Nazis In Call Of Duty: WWII? Sledgehammer Explains
Call of Duty WWII
(Last Updated On: June 21, 2017)

There were black Germans in Battlefield 1‘s multiplayer. People frowned, laughed and snickered at the prospect, but a few historians would chime in on the comment section to say that it wasn’t entirely inaccurate. However, Sledgehammer Games is taking it a step further, allowing gamers for the first time to become black female Nazis in Call of Duty: WWII’s multiplayer.

Sledgehammer Games’ co-founder Michael Condrey told Eric Kain from Forbes

“[We] wanted our players, regardless of gender or ethnicity to feel they were represented in Multiplayer. The Call of Duty soldier you customize and play as should be a representation of you, your avatar in MP, and that soldier can look however you choose. Allowing players to take themselves into battle, whether assigned to the Allied or Axis factions, was a strategic decision which we believe strikes the right balance of fun and inclusiveness.”

This follows behind recent Call of Duty games where players have been able to customize their avatar in the game. Treyarch was the first to introduce customizable male and female avatars in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 campaign mode, and it was one of the most psychologically thrilling and dramatic campaigns ever featured in a Call of Duty game, proving that custom characters in a campaign mode does not automatically equate to diminished story quality.

The follwing games weren’t quite as ambitious as Treyarch’s outing, but did still afford players the option to customize their characters in the multiplayer mode.

Sledgehammer is following suit with customizable avatars in multiplayer, even if it means playing as a black female Nazis on the Axis side.

Eric Kain makes a even argument for and against Sledgehammer’s push for more diversity in the multiplayer, and it’s not too dissimilar from some of the community criticisms that arose regarding the early impressions about Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s campaign story mode. Since then EA has been mum about it but expect more details to surface leading up to the game’s release.

Another big change Sledgehammer made for all versions of the multiplayer, is the removal of Swastikas. According to Condrey…

“First, these are visceral experiences that are as much social and competitive as they are historical depictions of the conflict,” […] “Including Nazi symbols wouldn’t bring honor, nor be appropriate, without the rich history of a WW2 story to ground their context in Multiplayer.”

The Swastikas will be present in the single-player campaign for every region except for Germany, where Swatiskas are illegal and cannot be displayed in media as a glorifying or propaganda symbol. However, Swastikas will not be present in any version of the game’s multiplayer.

According to Condrey, they had struggled on whether or not to include Nazi symbolism in the game, stating…

“We’ve wrestled with the topic of Nazi iconography, including the swastika, throughout the course of development,” […] . “It’s a fine balance of not glorifying the symbolism, while also not ignoring or shying away from this dark moment in human history. There’s certainly a line that we are very conscious not to cross, while still honoring the sacrifice of those who fought to push back the world from the brink of tyranny. In short, it’s not something we take lightly.”

The issue of Nazism has only become a mainstream topic of discussion again due to Social Justice Warriors in the media parading the term around against any ideological opponent that disagrees with their sociopolitical agenda(s).

Sadly developers now have to walk a fine line on how they depict certain issues, terms, iconography and topics in games lest they get attacked for having the wrong politics.

Call of Duty: WWII is due out this fall for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.


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  • Luca

    We beez ubermensch n sheeit

  • HisShadowX

    It’s either Australia or Germany and the rest of the world is censored for them.

  • Feli Aslan

    Personally, I don’t view this as a problem. We should see this in a possitive light, so there are people from all ethnic groups, all cultures and all diversed backgrounds who are willing to fight for the right cause, in the defense of the reich and the holy german race against the degenerate and corrupted forces of america and russia.

  • Feli Aslan

    Personally, I don’t view this as a problem. We should see this in a possitive light, so there are people from all ethnic groups, all cultures and all diversed backgrounds who are willing to fight for the right cause, in the defense of the reich and the holy german race against the degenerate and corrupted forces of america and russia.

  • fnd

    Jeez Billy, stop pimping Black Ops 3, that was the worst Black Ops of the trilogy.

  • fnd

    Jeez Billy, stop pimping Black Ops 3, that was the worst Black Ops of the trilogy.

    • Jeez Billy, stop pimping Black Ops 3, that was the worst Black Ops of the trilogy.

      LOL… upgrade your standards, pleb. Blops 3 took a piss all over the other two (with the exception of Blops 2’s multiple branching stories), and tea-bagged Blops 1 so hard that there’s a tunnel from its mouth to the back of its neck that goes all the way through.

      • fnd

        lmao what’s so good about a made up story of a soldier in his last moments dreaming the ops of other soldier? At least Blops 1 is more funny, and Blops 3 is a step back from Blops 2.

        • Because Blops 3 was a violent, gory, no-holds-barred take on the CoD formula with large enough levels for the four-player co-op so you could replay it just for fun. The customization options and unlockables also gave it legs to stand on.

          Blops 2 was cool for the branching story stuff, but all of the gameplay was recycled horse dung.

          • fnd

            “Because Blops 3 was a violent, gory, no-holds-barred take on the CoD formula with large enough levels for the four-player co-op”
            The levels in Blops 3 was as big as any other COD out there, and the violence was already seen in World at war and previous Blops.

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            of the old ones call of duty world at war was the best l

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            of the old ones call of duty world at war was the best l

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            ha he’s not replaying to either of us anymore of us is ohhhhhhhh now I feel sad……:(

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            ha he’s not replaying to either of us anymore of us is ohhhhhhhh now I feel sad……:(

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            reply

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            reply

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            You’re both wrong of the new call of dutys Call of duty infinity Warfare was the best and call of duty Ghosts was the worst call of duty call of duty advanced warfare was somewhere in the middle

          • Really? Infinite Warfare? The space battles got boring fast, and the shooting was nothing to write home about. Also the story was really nonsensical.

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            Jon snow and the dark tone of his “revolution” against the made it show for the 1st time in a cod game that neither you or guy you were fighting were the good guys anymore that humanity died only imperialism and vendettas was left nobody wins in the end. Those who fight a war have already lost .

          • Except it made no sense why Jon Snow turned so evil? They never really explained it and he never gave his reasons for being so tyrannical.

            Worse yet is that the main character dude, Reyes, sacrificed himself and all the ships in a really dumb suicide attack at the end. When the Olympus was being used as a battering ram, why didn’t he just let it crash into the shipyard and then bolt out with the rest of the crew on the Retribution?

            It just didn’t make sense.

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            1. I didn’t finish the game yet so thanks for ruining it and
            2. There are reasons they just take a backdrop for those that actually stop and play the game rather than run and gun which can’t do on veteran difficulty , if you need just look at his face and the none verbal communion he walks around with that is one guy you know already the anti-hero with a thousand faces type look , it just speaks to you that don’t want to know his background for the horrors that made him

          • Sorry. I thought you had already beaten the game and was reflecting on why you thought it was so good.

            Don’t worry, though, I didn’t really ruin everything there’s still a lot more to it than just that.

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            also, the space battles were cool reminded me o between star wars and star Lancer the carriers especially

          • Really? Infinite Warfare? The space battles got boring fast, and the shooting was nothing to write home about. Also the story was really nonsensical.

          • Vincent Mckinnon

            You’re both wrong of the new call of dutys Call of duty infinity Warfare was the best and call of duty Ghosts was the worst call of duty call of duty advanced warfare was somewhere in the middle

    • Jeez Billy, stop pimping Black Ops 3, that was the worst Black Ops of the trilogy.

      LOL… upgrade your standards, pleb. Blops 3 took a piss all over the other two (with the exception of Blops 2’s multiple branching stories), and tea-bagged Blops 1 so hard that there’s a tunnel from its mouth to the back of its neck that goes all the way through.

  • More race and gender political garbage for the sake of so-called “inclusiveness” and “diversity”.

    Western video games have become absolute cancer.

  • Pratim Gupta

    Well shave my back and call me an elf!. a black female nazi. now i can die in peace

  • GuyGuysonEsquire

    Oh, I get it now: all of this is a plot by actual modern Nazies to stealthily get into the power by muddling public’s historical knowledge about themselfs while making their opposition look like morons and winning heats and minds of mankind in the process.

    • Oh, I get it now: all of this is a plot by actual modern Nazies to stealthily get into the power by muddling public’s historical knowledge about themselfs while making their opposition look like morons and winning heats and minds of mankind in the process.

      I have no idea if this is actually a joke, because that kind of reverse psychology seems to be working wonders on certain impressionable youth.

  • Waifu Engineering

    More non-whites fought on behalf of the Axis powers than whites, that is a fact. In fact many non-white countries loved Third Reich Germany as it was seen as more benevolent than the arrogant Anglo empire countries. In fact in Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler criticized the un-aryan behaviors of the British Empire since Aryans are supposed to be benevolent superhumans who bring civilization to the worlds peoples. In contrast Churchill was a supreme racist in charge of a wicked empire.

    The Swastika has been a time-honoured symbol of LIFE everlasting for millenia. Compare that to today’s symbols (including the peace signs)… they’re all inverted, they mean DEATH. Yes that’s right, take one look at today’s decaying society and tell me that’s what people fought for.

    The wrong team won the war. My grandfather was a collaborator for the Imperial Japanese Army and that’s pretty much one thing I am proud of him for. I also had grand uncles who fought as the communist resistance and they were all killed in action. Modern Japan is pretty much designed after the Third Reich… the whole system, you’d be blind not to see it. And see also that it WORKS.

    National Socialism for All Countries!

  • Waifu Engineering

    More non-whites fought on behalf of the Axis powers than whites, that is a fact. In fact many non-white countries loved Third Reich Germany as it was seen as more benevolent than the arrogant Anglo empire countries. In fact in Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler criticized the un-aryan behaviors of the British Empire since Aryans are supposed to be benevolent superhumans who bring civilization to the worlds peoples. In contrast Churchill was a supreme racist in charge of a wicked empire.

    The Swastika has been a time-honoured symbol of LIFE everlasting for millenia. Compare that to today’s symbols (including the peace signs)… they’re all inverted, they mean DEATH. Yes that’s right, take one look at today’s decaying society and tell me that’s what people fought for.

    The wrong team won the war. My grandfather was a collaborator for the Imperial Japanese Army and that’s pretty much one thing I am proud of him for. I also had grand uncles who fought as the communist resistance and they were all killed in action. Modern Japan is pretty much designed after the Third Reich… the whole system, you’d be blind not to see it. And see also that it WORKS.

    National Socialism for All Countries!

    • Yes that’s right, take one look at today’s decaying society and tell me that’s what people fought for.

      Only poor uneducated people think that.

      • Smug

        My ancestors didnt fight in order to have the country invaded by mudshits and nignogs, to have the sovereign populace being ethnically & socially genocided, sexual fetishes and other degenracies being normalized (and forever ruin the rainbows), etc

        • That literally has nothing to do with what I mentioned, lol.

          As I said, if you can afford not to live a piss poor life like a slugslime, you would be saying the opposite.

          Only poor people think otherwise.

    • AR7777

      Disagree, both Japan and Germany were rebuilt under close American scrutiny, hell even the Japanese constitution was written by the Americans to fit America’s interest.
      I love Japanese modern culture but denying Japan is a super capitalist/consumerist country just like America wanted is not accurate.

      • fnd

        I blame US for Japan herbivores(they emancipated women). We need the manly samurai back.

      • fnd

        I blame US for Japan herbivores(they emancipated women). We need the manly samurai back.

    • Anon Adderlan

      Obvious #Troll is…

      (reads comments)

      …apparently less obvious that I thought.

  • mikebrand83

    The Swastikas will be present in the single-player campaign for every region except for Germany, where Swatiskas are illegal and cannot be displayed in media as a glorifying or propaganda symbol.

    “… But we’re totally down with arresting dissidents for attempting to exercise free ‘hate’ speech on the Internet. Because it’s symbolism that matters, not principles and actions.” -The Fourth Reich, apparently

    • Smug

      It’s almost as if they’re acting the same way that they label their enemies to be.

    • Smug

      It’s almost as if they’re acting the same way that they label their enemies to be.

    • Feli Aslan

      As a little bit context, yeah sometimes people get fucked when they wear Swastikas, but in general in media, the ban on Swastikas is not really as strict as outsiders assume. There is no problem showing Swastikas in movies or television, I can even show you this clip:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcpviPyCUPU

      It’s from a german comedy show called Switch Reloaded, which parodies different programs on german television and the clip is one of a long series of clips which are basically a parody of the german adaptation of the office with Hitler. Full of Swastikas, there wasn’t a problem showing this. So, the problem in this case is more about how the german legal autorities view video games. They don’t accept video games as an legitimate piece of art, just as they don’t do this with comics, so swastikas get censored. So, censorship of art isn’t that much of a problem, Swastikas are allowed as a part of the freedom of art, but rather the definition of Art in germany.

    • Feli Aslan

      As a little bit context, yeah sometimes people get fucked when they wear Swastikas, but in general in media, the ban on Swastikas is not really as strict as outsiders assume. There is no problem showing Swastikas in movies or television, I can even show you this clip:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcpviPyCUPU

      It’s from a german comedy show called Switch Reloaded, which parodies different programs on german television and the clip is one of a long series of clips which are basically a parody of the german adaptation of the office with Hitler. Full of Swastikas, there wasn’t a problem showing this. So, the problem in this case is more about how the german legal autorities view video games. They don’t accept video games as an legitimate piece of art, just as they don’t do this with comics, so swastikas get censored. So, censorship of art isn’t that much of a problem, Swastikas are allowed as a part of the freedom of art, but rather the definition of Art in germany.

  • Gozu Tennoh

    #Notallnazis

  • Gozu Tennoh

    #Notallnazis

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    It’s just a fucking stupid idea. Of course anyone defending this stupid idea call the people who hate this stupid idea racist or sexist. I’m not either. I just think its a stupid idea.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    It’s just a fucking stupid idea. Of course anyone defending this stupid idea call the people who hate this stupid idea racist or sexist. I’m not either. I just think its a stupid idea.

    • Disqusted

      Not that I care about this game, but depending on the overall style (ie. over the top or not), I don’t think I’d give a damn whether they put stuff into a fictional game that’s not historically accurate.

      Unless, of course, they are trying to appeal to SJWs by intentionally putting in fat ugly women, or harping on about representation and inclusion like Sledgehammer seems to be.

      I mean, people who find black females attractive may want to make and play as a black female, even in a game like this. But that has absolutely nothing to do with political nonsense like representing your minority self, or inclusiveness. That’s straight up SJW talk, so they can f**k right off.

      Typical SJWs assuming the only reason for anything must be the only reason their bigoted hugboxes can come up with.

      Besides, how many black females are going to be running out and playing this game? It’s not exactly a game geared towards female audiences. And how many of those black females would want to play as a black female in this setting? Probably even less.

      I personally enjoy playing as attractive female characters, but not in a game where I’m gonna get cut up, shot and blown to pieces. So I’m one example of their bullshit explanation not making sense.

      Sledgehammer could have said “we wanted people to make whatever they like, it’s a video game” and people probably wouldn’t care as much. Instead, they decided to virtue signal and suck up to SJW bullshit.

      Thanks to that, anyone who plays as a black female, because they are sexy or whatever, and NOT because they want to “represent minorities”, will likely be accused of pushing SJW political agenda. Thanks, regressive left. Real f**king inclusive.

      • They could have just said “we wanted people to make whatever they like, it’s a video game” and people probably wouldn’t care as much. Instead, they decided to virtue signal and suck up to SJW bullshit.

        That’s how you know that they’re virtue signaling because Treyarch let you play a black/Asian/white/Hispanic male/female in the actual campaign mode of their game and they didn’t make a peep about diversity, inclusiveness, progressivism or any of that BS. They let you make and play the character you wanted.

        Sledgehammer seems to be really playing up the whole virtue signaling element by constantly harping on and on about inclusiveness and diversity. Like, who in the CoD community actually gives a sh!t about that? Really?

        • Disqusted

          Hah. Exactly.

          One situation is people picking up a game and realizing the character creation is amazing. That speaks for itself, and audiences spread that information naturally.

          The other is the devs crying “buy our game, minorities will love our game cuz you can be a minority in it!” and that just screams “wrong priorities”, among other bad things.

        • MONAD

          I know I sure as fuck don’t. Especially in Multiplayer. I could give two shits at what races they include for customization. It’s fucking multiplayer. I only care if the Campaign is historically accurate and competent.

        • Fear Me I Am Free

          Well it made sense in future shooters. In WW2, it does not.

        • Fear Me I Am Free

          Well it made sense in future shooters. In WW2, it does not.

      • Fear Me I Am Free

        That’s exactly what they were doing. Now if this game was billed as some wacky alternate WW2, then whatever, but it’s not. Also, my friend loves COD and she’s a black female. She also thinks its a stupid idea.

      • Fear Me I Am Free

        That’s exactly what they were doing. Now if this game was billed as some wacky alternate WW2, then whatever, but it’s not. Also, my friend loves COD and she’s a black female. She also thinks its a stupid idea.

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    2008 – no problem with swastikas.
    2010 – no problem with swastikas in zombies.
    2017 – we know nobody’s gonna play single player so we are going to put swastikas there, but remove them from multiplayer because everyone buys cod for multiplayer experience filled with kids shouting homophobia, racism and other often misandric filth (and we are totally fine with it), because we are spineless losers who caters to snowflakes who needs their “mah safe space and mah equality/identity politics!”

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    2008 – no problem with swastikas.
    2010 – no problem with swastikas in zombies.
    2017 – we know nobody’s gonna play single player so we are going to put swastikas there, but remove them from multiplayer because everyone buys cod for multiplayer experience filled with kids shouting homophobia, racism and other often misandric filth (and we are totally fine with it), because we are spineless losers who caters to snowflakes who needs their “mah safe space and mah equality/identity politics!”

  • John27

    Will we get a dindu banzai charge for DLC?

  • John27

    Will we get a dindu banzai charge for DLC?

  • Salt Miner

    Call of Duty WWII: The Snowflakes of SS

    Now they just need an Italian and Japanese nazi and SH got themselves a ploughing axis of righteousness.

  • Salt Miner

    Call of Duty WWII: The Snowflakes of SS

    Now they just need an Italian and Japanese nazi and SH got themselves a ploughing axis of righteousness.

  • John27

    The Nazis weren’t specifically anti-black. They just considered blacks to be wildlife.

  • John27

    The Nazis weren’t specifically anti-black. They just considered blacks to be wildlife.

  • Daniel Ream

    Oh, for fuck’s sake, Sledgehammer. You’re making a game about a brutal world war that saw 80 million people dead, oh and also the Holocaust. It’s a bit disingenuous to prattle on about “honoring the sacrifice”.

    And am I the only one who caught the subtext behind “..balancing fun and inclusiveness”? So they’re admitting those two are inherently contradictory?

    • How about the part about removing Nazi imagery from multiplayer because without the context of the campaign mode it wouldn’t be “appropriate”?

      You’re definitely right about a lot of doublespeak going on that highlights the subtext of their true intentions.

      • Daniel Ream

        I know people still in the industry, and I have some sympathy for video game companies trying to deal with the SJW PR sabotage, but I don’t get why they haven’t cottoned on to the Chick-Fil-A effect yet. Never explain, never apologize, stand your ground. The SJWs just aren’t numerous enough and don’t control enough money to affect sales, and the evidence for this is all over.

        • Disqusted

          I dunno about the last bit. One of the reasons I’ve been avoiding game dev stuff is because, from what I’ve heard, the indie game scene where I live was long ago hijacked by loud, open SJWs in high places.

          I think it’s not that SJWs control sales so much as they have many in influential positions, and companies generally fear looking bad for “hating women” or “hating minorities”, or whatever bullshit they come up with next.

        • Never explain, never apologize, stand your ground.

          If people do that against SJWs, they get fired or forced to resign from their jobs.

          You have to remember that it’s not just about the person, it’s about the company they work for/represent and the sponsors and investors of the company.

          If SJWs lynch-mob and accuse a developer of being a “misogynist” or “racist”, the accusation spreads like cancer all over the social media, because all the little SJW parasites will be re-tweeting and sharing the news with each other as well as bullying the company. So from here, the company, investors and sponsors will pick it up and force the developer to apologize. If he doesn’t, he gets fired.

          Do not underestimate how important PR and public image is for businesses/companies.

          It’s very easy to say “Never explain, never apologize, stand your ground” to a developer/company, but you have to consider what is at stake. If it’s a developer, his livelihood is on the line. And if it’s a whole company, their whole PR and public image is on the line.

          The way forward should be to not to mindlessly berate a developer/company for being cowards and cucks (which they are) or tell them not to apologize, but instead to concentrate on either kicking these SJW parasites out of the video games industry altogether or to create enough of a counter/resistance of the other side (Anti-SJWs, GamerGate, etc.) so that we have some sort of influential power to make developers/companies think twice before they kowtow to the SJWs/feminists.

          The SJWs just aren’t numerous enough and don’t control enough money to affect sales, and the evidence for this is all over.

          SJWs are a minority, but they are ones who have control of the mainstream media, games media, entertainment media, politics and government and are the most influential and loud.

          Them being a minority doesn’t really make a difference when you consider that in mind.

          • Daniel Ream

            This is entirely my point. The only reason companies care about PR, etc. is because that affects sales. SJW boycotts, smear campaigns, etc. don’t work. We’ve seen this over and over. Chick-Fil-A is only the most obvious example; SJWs are a very loud but very tiny minority and they don’t control enough consumer dollars to actually affect sales.

            When a company stands their ground and publicly says “No, we’re not capitulating, go away” the vast majority of people who are just f*cking tired of all this flock to them as a way of saying “screw you” to the harpies.

            When corporate boards stop fretting over “social responsibility” or whatever and get back to their legal obligation to maximize shareholder value, they’ll realize that sales go up when they don’t give in to SJW scalphunting.

      • Daniel Ream

        I know people still in the industry, and I have some sympathy for video game companies trying to deal with the SJW PR sabotage, but I don’t get why they haven’t cottoned on to the Chick-Fil-A effect yet. Never explain, never apologize, stand your ground. The SJWs just aren’t numerous enough and don’t control enough money to affect sales, and the evidence for this is all over.

    • How about the part about removing Nazi imagery from multiplayer because without the context of the campaign mode it wouldn’t be “appropriate”?

      You’re definitely right about a lot of doublespeak going on that highlights the subtext of their true intentions.

    • Smug

      That one massacre of a french village is rather more believable than this over-glorified jewish fanfiction

      And if our ancestors were to see the actual state of the countries they fought for, they would get a stroke.

      • GuyGuysonEsquire

        Makes me wonder how millennials would fare in a war against actual Nazies

        • ThyPancakeConsumed

          They wouldn’t last 7 minutes.

        • Kiryu

          If they need crayons and therapy dogs to deal with the fact that Trump won i would say a few mins.

        • Kiryu

          If they need crayons and therapy dogs to deal with the fact that Trump won i would say a few mins.

  • Daniel Ream

    Oh, for fuck’s sake, Sledgehammer. You’re making a game about a brutal world war that saw 80 million people dead, oh and also the Holocaust. It’s a bit disingenuous to prattle on about “honoring the sacrifice”.

    And am I the only one who caught the subtext behind “..balancing fun and inclusiveness”? So they’re admitting those two are inherently contradictory?

  • Hawk Hopper
  • Hawk Hopper
    • Smug

      WE WUZ

      • GuyGuysonEsquire

        ARYANZ ‘N SHIET

        • Uncle Joey

          DAS RITE

          • GuyGuysonEsquire

            DAS REICH

    • Smug

      WE WUZ

  • Disqusted

    There are probably more people asking why there are black female Nazis in Call of Duty than why there are black female Nazis in the DNC and other places in reality.

  • Disqusted

    There are probably more people asking why there are black female Nazis in Call of Duty than why there are black female Nazis in the DNC and other places in reality.