When Electronic Arts revealed the teaser trailer for its new Battlefield game for the first time, it was probably hoping to spark a wave of hype across an excited fanbase. Instead, it found itself facing an outraged backlash that spread like wildfire. It didn’t take long before the #notmybattlefield hashtag was trending on Twitter, and a vocal minority of fans were demanding change. The problem? There were too many women in the Battlefield 5 trailer. The initial backlash was laced with cries for historical accuracy, but EA’s chief creative officer, Patrick Soderlund, says this gets the facts wrong. “These are people who are uneducated — they don’t understand that this is a plausible scenario,” he told Gamasutra in a recent interview. “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.”It’s true — there’s a rich history of women fighting in the Second World War, from Russian sniper teams to the French Resistance. Even if it wasn’t a historical fact, Soderlund seems to argue that it would hardly matter. “Listen,” he says. “This is a game. And today gaming… Read full this story
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