Battlefield V Developer Says It's 'a Shame' DICE Didn't Include Women in Battlefield 1

Aleksander Grøndal, executive producer at DICE, has gone on record stating he wishes the team had added female characters to Battlefield 1 instead of waiting until Battlefield V to do so.

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XiNatsuDragnel111d ago

The game is good with or without them man, Sheesh be quiet now.

HaveSumNuts111d ago

Hi Im a vegan and it makes me mad that I can't select any playable vegan characters. My main character once ate a burger in a cutscene and I had no control. What has this world come too? /S (sarcastic as F hahaha)

Jinger110d ago

I don't think inclusion of a dietary choice is the same as inclusion of race or gender, but whatevs.

Nodoze110d ago

Spoons made me fat. We need to ban any and all spoons from appearing in gaming cut scenes or modeled in the game. It all started with Skyrim spoons and it was a trigger for me...

BAN ALL SPOONS!!! Spoons make people fat.

Movefasta1993110d ago

How will you explain to your 5 year old daughter, why there aren't any vegan soldiers in battlefield? That's f'd up bro

Skull521110d ago (Edited 110d ago )

Nice guys, way to double down on your BS. Worked great for the Star Wars franchise. Hope all the extra women you get to buy the game makes up for your no longer existent fanbase.

Gonna take a wild guess and say Aleksander Grøndal will be seeking employment elsewhere in the upcoming weeks.

If not I'm predicting next in line is Battlefield: Berkeley where you get to play as heroic Antifa warriors to shut down conservative speakers.

ConsoleGamer110d ago (Edited 110d ago )

my mom is a blonde and blue eyed german, my dad is half black - half blackfeet (no joke).
I will be devastated if there won't be a character who represents my heritage. /s

TekoIie110d ago


Are you trying to devalue his identity? That's what the racists do to the black people and the mysoginists to the women.

You're a horrible human being. /s

nowitzki2004110d ago

I am sorry for you, and I am not being /s. This is a very serious issue.

rainslacker110d ago

Jesus Jinger.

Don't be so condescending by dismissing SumNuts concerns. Everybody matters, not just the ones you feel are important.

Really tired of these ignorant people like acting so morally superior trying to bring down those who are so blatantly repressed. We can never be equal if we can't understand each other and you can't preach equality, while willingly segregating our fellow human being.

It'll be alright SumNuts.....some of us still love you. Come on over for dinner. I'll grill up some nice steaks.

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-Foxtrot111d ago

It's not even about being quiet...the guy is literally clueless because Battlefield 1 DID include a woman soldier in the War stories campaign mode. She was inspired by a real life woman called Kara Fatma

However they changed her race and who she fought for...basically creating a new character. So the point is they had a chance to go with a real historical figure during that time frame yet ignored it.

Now all of a sudden it's "we're not realistic, we never have been". I mean really?

"She says the original design document said “screw realism, we’re adding female soldiers, because we’re way overdue."

"As Coget describes it, DICE executives called her into a meeting and told her that they were “going for realism after all,” that “Female chars matter,” yet “it’s just not the game we’re making"

Key phrases here...

"realism after all"

"it's just not the game we're making"

What the f*** happened to DICE between then and now? They had their heads screwed on right and wanted to be as realistic as possible but now it's "we never were" and "don't like it don't buy it". No one cares when it makes sense, a Russian female soldier or an everyday woman in a resistance group fighting back enemy forces in their home town (which they are doing for Battlefield V).

Concertoine110d ago (Edited 110d ago )

Also, women soldiers were added as part of the Russian DLC, which had some historical basis.

There's no end to this rabbit hole. Things will never be inclusive enough for somebody.

Bought every Battlefield since Bad Co 1. Not this time.

Omnisonne110d ago


Yeah, female snipers with nice looking hoods and garbs. According to the logic of the feminist nuts at dice, the game will be 10/10 if you make a game with exclusively female cast/characters. I wonder why they didn't do that yet.
Maybe deep down they know they're full of shit.

Rachel_Alucard110d ago

You think BFV is bad with this, try playing CoDWW2 multiplayer. Ridiculous facepaint, black female nazis, whackjob camos, uniforms, etc. Everyone ignored it because CoD is arcadey so its fine. The campaign is a completely different experience, where only men were fighting on the front lines, all wearing the same uniform, and theres even a mission where you play as a female french resistance soldier trying to liberate paris. Everythings exactly where it should be in there and multiplayer is the idgaf mode. That's all I'm getting out of this whole thing. Unless they start putting prosthetic black female nazis in the war stories, its not doing anything wrong. Multiplayer in any game isn't constricted to accuracy or realism unlike the campaign which is trying to tell a story. I mean even in BF1 you had whacky camos on all guns and vehicles nobody complained about until golden ones were added.

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Teflon02110d ago

The games start up screen has a female soldier lol. But Okay, he's going to pretend she's not in the game. Then again, probably didn't play the single player lol

Chaosdreams111d ago

""If you take a look at Battlefield historically, it’s been about expressing yourself through gameplay, solving problems the way you want to, and these characters fall perfectly in line with that thinking."

If by expression you mean killing, sure. It's never been about picking or aiming to have a character look a certain way. The inclusion of female characters isn't a problem (to me) - the problem is the era you've decided to take this approach. In a sense you're fighting a war on two fronts.

You've angered the anti SJW crowd (they are generally as angry as the SJW crowd themselves).
You've angered those who view this as a poor portrayal of history.

While this approach will garner some applause from those who see this as a step forward for the sexes, it's given equal amount of people a head scratch. Battlefield used to harp on realism and accuracy and now it's suddenly about inclusion.

What's the message? I actually thought this was some steampunk approach but no - you're claiming this is ww2.

Get your messaging ironed out. Because I'm not buying this nonsense.

RememberThe357110d ago

They got rid of Permium and that's a big deal. If some dude what's to kick out a dollar for a pink hat, more power to him. To me its much more about the acutal gameplay. How do the guns feel? How smooth is movement? How well do they implement teamwork? How are the map layouts? BF has had real problems with the fundamental gameplay. BF1 was a step back in some ways and a step forward I others, but I haven't yet seen enough of BFV to think it's moving the series forward at all. I'm not writing the game off but I'm just not convinced yet. I'm sure I'll watch some reveiws and decide after it launched.

TheSaint110d ago

For me, it's all part of it. If I'm roaming around and I see a player in a novelty hat, it's going to break the immersion in a big way.

Nodoze110d ago (Edited 110d ago )

Watch as soon as DICE does bow to inclusion for all. They will be called out in the news/media for portraying LGBTaskdnsadkndn as killers. So damned if you do, damned if you don't. I say don't. Don't BOW to these SJW's. No matter what you do it will NEVER be enough.

playnice110d ago

I love how COD and BF both keep changing too many things for the worse while trying to gather sales by taking a ride on the popularity of previous entries in the same series... I think it should open their eyes towards trying new IPs altogether instead of disappointing fans with products that are supposed to be sequels yet contradict and tear down so many things established by previous entries.

Teflon02110d ago

This made absolutely no sense. First off what's steampunk about it? You see a prosthetic arm with a bunch of guns and it's steampunk lol. Stop the nonsense, if you don't want to buy it fine, but don't make up stupid reasons. . If you're incapable of understanding that it's not Giving priviliges to females and that it's a game about the smaller and lesser known things about WW2 then you can put 2 and 2 together. It shouldn't require such a high amount of intelligence to understand that ALL that weird stuff you don't consider WW2 is in the game because they are WW2, just apart of the lesser known things in WW2. The complaints are the exact reason for the game. You people believe they're making up some SJW war crap when you just get the ability to customize your characters with all the things they're intending to show you in the Single player. If you want to be ignorant and not actually try to understand just don't buy and stop complaining, because you all sound like redundant fools who are just running with assumptions, I'd rather the game be filled with people smart enough to get the thing they're doing and not crying about immersion. Must have hated me in BF4, I use to wear the most standout stull with my gun red in the snow lol. Just because I wanted my character to look different then you'd see a Anime character as my emblem. Must have destroyed your immersion if you ever ran into me lmao

Chaosdreams110d ago

Really? Nothing in my post made sense? Not one part? Nothing? Not even the slightest?

Okay bud. The steampunk aesthetic came from the fact that a prosthetic claw in WW2 where soldiers can customize how they'd like to look (the clothes, not the gun) - tends to push the sense of realism out the window even further. I've heard multiple people initially reference how they thought it was a subtle sign of something else, but yes clearly the game isn't steampunk because if it were we wouldn't be having this discussion.

In regards to your rawr rawr SJW crap, did I say females are an issue? No i didn't.

If your argument is that Battlefield is now taking the most tiny - practically unheard of - aspects in the war and pushing it to the forefront, and that only smart people will accept this, well then, you're not all that smart.

See, playing the intelligence card doesn't usually go over well. Anyone can call someone else stupid.


Teflon02110d ago

Stupidity at it's finest
"If your argument is that Battlefield is now taking the most tiny - practically unheard of - aspects in the war and pushing it to the forefront, and that only smart people will accept this, well then, you're not all that smart."

They explained that the point of the game was exactly this. If you can't comprehend that you're simply being ignorant or need help. Conversion done. Don't act like an idiot, it's not like they sugar coated anything

Chaosdreams110d ago


Lol. Run along now. I suppose this "conversion" is done.

The_Sage110d ago (Edited 110d ago )

LMAO at the stupid. Stupid thing. Kudos. 👍

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Activemessiah111d ago

well, judging by the Battlefield V preorder.. they're not regretting that decision

elazz110d ago

Battlefield sold like 20m copies. (although quite some at discount it is still a huge amount). I expect BF V to sell around 8-12m depending on how much Dice and EA push this strange approach.

Shiken110d ago

All this SJW crap is getting on my nerves on both sides of the fence. Fact of the matter is, as you implied, Battlefield fand will play Battlefield V. Even low sales by Battlefield standards will still be great sales overall.

To the gamers, play what you want. This has been blown way out of proportion.

To the devs, what has NOT been blown out of proportion is how you treat your fanbase. Calling them "uneducated" and the like is uncalled for. And fact is, all the SJW tweets do is drag this drama out even further...KNOCK IT OFF!

rainslacker110d ago (Edited 110d ago )

It seems to me, they're trying to appease a segment of the population which isn't going to reciprocate their efforts by actually buying the product they keep harping on needing to represent them.

Many of the people complaining about the lack of inclusion aren't actually interested in these games, and just won't buy them. A war based FPS MP game is primarily a male dominated market.

That is what these devs, pubs, and producers need to remember. It's fine to make a game that falls into one's vision, but you have to remember that you are still making a product that is for a target market. Trying to expand that market isn't going to happen just because you throw some woman or whatever into the game.

Want games to appeal to that market, then make a game that is more broad in it's approach. For the most part, women just aren't looking to play as a WW2 soldier. But you make something like Splatoon, and it has broad appeal, and women will play it. Things like Overwatch appeal to women gamers more, because it's styled in a way that appeals to the average woman's sensibilities. It's just the culture that men and women are raised in that tends to assign an idea about what men and women should like, and over time, that's how people learn what to like for the vast majority of people.

Teflon02110d ago

what you said is fine and dandy. I actually agree to a sense. But I think the representation of parts of the war that don't get any representation is a issue that they decided they'd do and I'm glad they're doing. Look at the uproar from everyone saying it ruins immersion. So they're implying that the version of WW2 they've had in games is the only way WW2 happened. While dice is speaking with vets etc and including based of talking and researching. The so called fanbase was basically calling the Devs some SJW cult so they called em out on it. They WERE right to because if you were educated on the subject you wouldn't be complaining about all of that. Apart of DICE's job was to get educated on it, they travel, do research etc and some fool behind a computer screen is going to act like they know as some 20 year old who still has mama pay his rent knows more then them. Yet can't even comprehend that the game highlights the lesser known WW2 elements so they include it in the multiplayer out of respect for the aspects and people finally being represented. Anti SJW imo are even worse then SJW as SJW complain but aren't buying the games either way. Anti SJW, complain about SJW getting something altered and say they're not buying because they got it altered, with the excuse of it doesn't matter if I agree with the content or not. It's about artistic integrity, if they remove that then you'll eventually get everything removed etc. Now they're on the same side of the coin and no it's not about how they called them uneducated, they're now using that as a excuse instead. I'm not offended by the statement because I wasn't uneducated, nor acting ignorant. I knew some of this from like 13ish years ago in high school. Some is new to me, me the swords, it was just never a detail I'd have noticed since the war was dominated by guns. But this game enlightened me to the truths as the moment everyone started acting like they knew everything. I did a bit of research and every single thing in that first trailer made sense after research. It's not implying that was all on the front line. They played a role in the war and they just want to show you that in respect to the parts that never got any, they'll be in this one. People should be proud of that, but it's like they always say. People don't like to find out things are different than they believe and don't like change but cry for change.

Sciurus_vulgaris111d ago

You play as Bedouin Woman in Battlefield 1's campaign, which really didn't make sense. The Bedouin are very culturally strict and women fighting is a culture taboo to them. Dice is pushing for diversity and ignoring history. I was told by EA not to buy there game if i find the out of place inclusive of women in their game to be annoying and inappropriate for the setting, so I won't be buying Battlefield V.

Christopher110d ago

Doesn't make sense, but is based on a real person...

MWH110d ago

the Troll meter is hitting the roof with this guy.