EA's general manager Oskar Gabrielson gives his take on the controversy (why is it a controversy?) around EA featuring women prominently in Battlefield 5, saying that "Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay."
In a twitter thread posted today Gabrielson says, "It's been two days since the reveal of Battlefield V so I wanted to share some thoughts on the reactions so far."
First, let me be clear about one thing. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay. pic.twitter.com/fvi9riUZDM— Oskar Gabrielson (@ogabrielson) May 25, 2018
Along with saying that women will remain in the Battlefield franchise, Gabrielson also adds that EA "want[s] Battlefield V to represent all those who were part of the greatest drama in human history, and give players choice to choose and customize the characters they play with."
Gabrielson even shared the gif of three Battlefield soldiers on a horse shooting flamethrowers that's been making the rounds around the web as a response to people who are complaining that Battlefield 5 is not realistic enough. "The Battlefield sandbox has always been about playing the way you want. Like attempting to fit three players on a galloping horse, with flamethrowers."
The Battlefield sandbox has always been about playing the way you want. Like attempting to fit three players on a galloping horse, with flamethrowers. With BFV you also get the chance to play as who you want. This is #everyonesbattlefield. pic.twitter.com/jZkzSRjIwL— Oskar Gabrielson (@ogabrielson) May 25, 2018
EA revealed Battlefield 5 earlier this week and both the cover of the game and the launch trailer feature women in combat roles. Not hugely controversial given that there were women in combat roles in World War 2.
Hell, it's not even the first time EA put a woman on the cover of a military shooter.
The year 2000. A simpler time when EA could put a woman on the cover of their new game without fear of backlash. A time before Twitter and Facebook. Remembering Medal of Honor Underground today. #BattlefieldV pic.twitter.com/B7se4mx5Tc— (@retroed) May 24, 2018
Yet the fact that women are part of Battlefield has drawn ire from people who range from being mad that a woman in general is shown off in the game, to those who are specifically mad that a British woman was featured in a combat role, because that isn't historically accurate. Even though 225,000 women served in the British army both domestically and abroad during WW2.
Either way it's a moot point because women are going to be playable in Battlefield 5, and based on what Gabrielson says, will be in Battlefield 6 too probably.
We previewed Battlefield 5 at the reveal event in London which you can read here. For more on EA's latest military shooter check out our complete Battlefield 5 guide for the full breakdown of this week's announcements, new trailers, and release dates.