In Battlefield 1, you can play as a female character. In the game’s thunderous announcement trailer, you can see the female Bedouin warrior gallop in on a horse, sword raised above her head. The game’s developer DICE has also called diversity a “key goal” in the game, with many fans being excited at the possibility of seeing a new side to the Great War.
Unfortunately, it seems that Battlefield 1’s single-player campaign is the only time players will be able to fight as a female character. In a new interview, DICE reveals that Battlefield 1 multiplayer will not feature female characters. Find out more after the break.
Battlefield 1 Multiplayer Doesn’t Have Female Characters
Speaking to Eurogamer, DICE’s creative director Lars Gustavsson speaks more about the female character in Battlefield 1’s campaign:
“We revealed the Bedouin female soldier you’ll get to play as part of the campaign. For us, we wanted to stick to authenticity but also do it in a respectful way and an inclusive way, where we portray the different armies – not always as it was, but to portray the multitude of soldiers that fought within the different armies, showing this war in a modern way as part of what DICE believes and what Battlefield believes.”
However, on whether or not players can choose to play as a female character in Battlefield 1’s multiplayer, Gustavsson says “no, not in multiplayer. Just in single-player.” The creative director’s comments are a stark contrast to the other recent confirmation by DICE that Battlefield 1’s multiplayer will “portray diversity.”
In a series of (now protected) tweets by former DICE coder Amandine Coget (via PCGamesN), it’s alleged that DICE dropped the idea of female characters in Battlefield 1 multiplayer, saying that “it’s just not the game we’re making.” DICE also reportedly stated that female soldiers are not the “core audience of boys.”
While the news is both infuriating and disappointing to those looking forward to playing as a female character in (every part of) the game, it’s not the only way that Battlefield 1’s multiplayer will be lacking.
The game’s official Twitter also recently revealed that only the British, German, Austro-Hungarian, Italian, Ottoman, and American nations will be represented in multiplayer at launch, while France and Russia will not be present.
Since this was revealed, it has been confirmed by French publication Le Monde that France will be added to Battlefield 1 as DLC. With that in mind, it’s entirely possible that female characters (and Russia, too) could be added to Battlefield 1 multiplayer as DLC as well, so we’ll keep you posted.
Battlefield 1 will be released on October 21, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.