If you criticized Battlefield V for being a gross misrepresentation of World War II after DICE claimed that it was the most historically immersive game to date, Electronic Arts’ chief creative officer, Patrick Soderlund, doesn’t want you buying the game. In fact, he went as far as to call such critics “uneducated” and that they should either accept DICE’s agenda for rewriting World War II or “don’t buy the game.”
A snippet of the interview was published online by Gamasutra ahead of the full interview, which is set to go live later in the week.
Soderlund’s words appear to depict him as angered almost to the point of being unhinged over the massive backlash that Battlefield V has received for turning World War II into more of a fantasy sci-fi adventure in an alternate timeline rather than being historically true to the events that unfolded during the era. He explains that adding more women to the game was something the team pushed for, and that they did so because there were a “ton of women” who fought in the war, saying…
“On the [women] in Battlefield, this is something that the development team pushed,”
“Battlefield V is a lot about the unseen, the untold, the unplayed,” he continued. “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.”
Much like Dan Verlin, the design director for Battlefield V – who infamously claimed that DICE decided to rewrite history to depict more frontline female soldiers on the battlefield in order to be on the “right side of history” for the sake of his daughter – Soderlund also invokes his daughter as the reason why they’re pushing so heavy to turn the game into propaganda for the so-called “Progressive” agenda.
Soderlund tells Gamasutra…
“We felt like in today’s world—I have a 13-year-old daughter that when the trailer came out and she saw all the flak, she asked me, ‘Dad, why’s this happening?'”
“She plays Fortnite, and says, ‘I can be a girl in Fortnite. Why are people so upset about this?’ She looked at me and she couldn’t understand it. And I’m like, ok, as a parent, how the hell am I gonna respond to this, and I just said, ‘You know what? You’re right. This is not okay.'”
What Soderlund fails to point out is that women didn’t fight on the frontlines of the British army, nor the German army, nor the American army. Women did fight during World War II, but it was rare and mostly as minor pockets of resistance fighters or in support roles. There were a few other small groups of women represented during the war, a few of whom were pilots, as well as some who were used sparingly as snipers.
Surprisingly, though, the real life females who did fight in the war weren’t the ones DICE depicted in their trailers. Instead, DICE has been attempting to portray women fighting alongside men during the heat of battle, on the frontlines.
That’s not to mention that in the trailer above, the few snippets showcased from the single-player campaign seems to once again hint at a possible lesbian romance tale, which has become a go-to plot point by most SJW game studios.
Despite people pointing out how ridiculous some of these things are, Soderlund decided to double down, calling all the critics “uneducated”…
“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].”
“And we don’t take any flak. We stand up for the cause, because I think those people who don’t understand it, well, you have two choices: either accept it or don’t buy the game. I’m fine with either or. It’s just not ok.”
Most critics have already said that if this is some alternate timeline or fantasy-themed take on World War II – almost like The Inglorious Bastards or The Strange Brigade – then they would be okay with it, but many didn’t like the idea that DICE and EA have been repeatedly stating that Battlefield V is supposed to be the most historically accurate game in the series yet. It reeks of the kind of historical revisionism that Ubisoft applied to Assassin’s Creed: Origins, even though they’ve been attempting to use the game in schools to teach kids about Egyptian history.
Nevertheless, it appears Electronic Arts and DICE are doubling down on their “Progressive” agenda, and it’s pretty obvious that turning Battlefield V into an SJW piece of agitprop is not sitting well with fans. However, Soderlund believes that all those who don’t like the kind of propaganda they’re pushing should just not buy the game.
(Thanks for the news tip Migi)