Call of Duty: WW2 has female soldiers and this is “historically accurate,” says Sledgehammer Games. The developer addressed concerns about its to include playable female characters during a recent livestream about the game.
When it was announced last month, Sledgehammer confirmed that Call of Duty: WW2 stars playable female characters, including a female French resistance fighter in its story campaign.
Call of Duty: WW2 Playable Female Characters Are in Every Game Mode
In a recent Facebook livestream (it is only viewable to those in the United States), the Call of Duty: WW2 developer was asked “You actually mention that there will be women characters in this game. Now lots of fans have been asking whether or not that is historically accurate, what do you think about that?”
Sledgehammer Games responded with:
“It is historically accurate. We knew that we’d have a challenge – a little bit – with diversity, coming into this. But after doing a lot of research on the French Resistance, they had a lot of female fighters, so we have a French resistance character [called] Rousseau who leads one of the Paris resistance groups and you actually get to play as her a little bit as well. But we have female characters and soldiers in multiplayer and Zombies and throughout the game.”
The developer also went on to reveal that the biggest challenge in the game is balancing authenticity with making the game a cinematic action blockbuster. Sledgehammer Games previously revealed that Call of Duty: WW2 will address racism and that post, we did raise concerns that the developer may not be able to offer a nuanced portrayal of discrimination as it aims to offer big set-pieces alongside it. But it’s positive to hear that the developer is well aware of these doubts.
Despite this assurances, though, the Call of Duty: WW2 developer is still likely to face outrage from fans who argue that featuring racism and playable female characters in the game makes it ‘politically correct’ rather than an accurate depiction of a tragic and awful historical event. Fellow first person shooter Battlefield 1 faced similar criticism earlier this week when it confirmed that female soldiers would be added to its multiplayer in upcoming DLC, for example.
It seems as though Sledgehammer Games is taking this in stride, however. The developer plans to show off more of the game at E3 2017 in June so perhaps it will offer a look at many of the game’s playable female characters (including the campaign’s French resistance fighter) then.
Call of Duty: WW2 will be released on Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One on November 3.