DICE’s upcoming instalment in the popular Battlefield military shooter franchise – which will be set in WWI – will reportedly not feature any female playable soldiers.
One might assume that this is because women didn’t serve combat roles in the First World War (which, in any case, is untrue), but according to former DICE coder Amandine Coget, the real reason for this is that the game’s target market of primarily male gamers “wouldn’t find it believable.”
“The original BF1 pitch given onstage was WW1, with one caveat: ‘screw realism, we’re adding female soldiers, because we’re way overdue’,” Coget wrote on Twitter. “Turns out BF1 was going for realism after all! Female [characters] matter but ‘it’s just not the game we’re making’.”
Coget adds that DICE made several decisions for Battlefield 1 which have nothing to do with historical realism – including how tanks function or the lethality rates of early parachutes – but female soldiers still wouldn’t appear in multiplayer.