Battlefield is going to be released in a couple of weeks and as early as now, it has become one controversial game. What makes it so controversial? Well, we will explore that in this article. But, before anything else, I want you to look at the woman in the picture above.
Okay, so have you seen it? During the reveal event, many people were surprised as to why a woman was on the cover- front and center- of a World War 2 Game. Well, to those of you who do not know, Battlefield V is supposed to be an “immersive” depiction of one of the most famous wars in our history: World War 2. And, many were surprised that a woman is on the main cover of the game. And, when the trailer was played, there is a ranked officer who is not only a woman but she also has a prosthetic limb. According to some people on Reddit, if anyone in the battlefield wore prosthetics, they are most likely not going to be able to participate in the frontlines. Here is the reveal trailer that was shown at the event:
Now, this is not to say that women were never in the war- they were. However, the vast majority of the women back in the day were helping the soldiers behind the scenes. They helped the doctors aid the wounded, helped the soldiers get fed, among others.
What Really Happened?
So, if this game were to be one of the most immersive depictions of the historic war, then why is that woman on the cover? According to Patrick Söderlund, the former Executive Vice President of EA, he said in an interview that people were “uneducated” in that women were indeed in the war. He also went on to say that if the people do not like the game, then do not buy it.
People seem to heed his call and a lot of them either did not pre-order the game or have canceled their own orders. This resulted in the game’s worst pre-order sales in history. A gaming insider said that the game has 85% fewer pre-order sales compared to its rival, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Although to be fair, we do not know if this is accurate. But if you look at it, it is probably true given what has transpired in the past few weeks.
For the executive vice president of the company to say such strong words is not really good from a business standpoint. To be honest, Battlefield is one of the companies most successful franchises and for it to suffer this fate is just, mind-boggling, to say the least.
Now, I just want to make something clear here: I have no problems with women in the game, most especially if they are the main characters. But, what has caused a lot of commotion is the fact that the game is supposed to be about World War 2, and as some of you may know, women aren’t really front and center (there were exceptions. But again, the vast majority of them served behind enemy lines).
Some people believed that this was because of political correctness and that the company wants to appease the SJW (Social Justice Warriors). Well, here’s the thing, the game is a “HISTORIC DEPICTION” of a war that has happened decades ago and the company has decided to alter the events just to make a small group happy. If the game was about a fictional war, then all of this commotion will never have occurred.
How Accurate is the Game?
The game, even prior to its release, has become quite controversial and political. However, some people really want to know the “accuracy” of the depiction of the historic war. For the fans of the franchise who just doesn’t want to deal with the politics and just wants to play it, the open beta is nearly here.
According to EA, they will roll out the open beta any time within the next two weeks. In fact, Nvidia has already rolled out a “game ready” driver for the beta to ensure that you get the optimal performance from your Nvidia GPU. AMD will surely roll out their drivers soon as well.
Given that it is still the Beta version of the game, do not expect too much if you really want to test the game’s historical accuracy, because let’s face it, just judging from the reveal, it is already NOT historically accurate.
Be that as it may, let’s not judge the game based on the controversy, but rather on its gameplay. After all, we buy games to play it and have fun, right? Aside from the brief story mode, the game will possibly have its implementation of a Battle Royale mode, which will probably appeal to a lot of gamers given the popularity of Fortnite.
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What Happens Next?
Aside from the beta release in the coming days, the game will be officially launched on October 19 for the PS4, Xbox One, and the PC. It will be interesting to see how the game will fare given what has happened in the past few weeks.
Will you go ahead and pre-order the game? Or, will you wait and see what happens before you click that “buy” button? Leave your comments and opinions below.
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