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Last week's Battlefield V reveal showcased a pretty exciting, solid looking game, the latest in a long line of titles from the Electronic Arts/DICE shooter franchise. However, a contingent of the Battlefield community took serious umbrage at the game's emphasis on female characters, both playable in game, and featured on the game's cover.
This led to the startup of the internet hashtag #NotMyBattlefield, with said fans complaining that the proliferation of women in the newest entry was "historically inaccurate," some stating that it was an insult to the memory of the millions who died fighting in WWII.
DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson took to Twitter this weekend to address the recent reactions to the game so far, first taking the opportunity to clearly state that the ladies of Battlefield V are going nowhere. "Let me be clear about one thing," begins Gabrielson. "Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay."
"We want Battlefield V to represent all those who were a part of the greatest drama in human history, and give players choice to choose and customize the characters they play with," continues Gabrielson. "Our commitment as a studio is to do everything we can to create games that are inclusive and diverse. We always set out to push boundaries and deliver unexpected experiences. But above all, our games must be fun!" The DICE chief then ends with his own hashtag, stating that Battlefield V is "#everyonesbattlefield".