Battlefield 1 developer DICE explains why it is finally going to add female characters to the game’s multiplayer mode. The Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar DLC will give players the chance to play as female soldiers later this year.
DICE came under fire prior to the game’s launch when it was revealed that Battlefield 1 multiplayer would not feature female soldiers in multiplayer.
Battlefield 1 Gets Female Soldiers Due to Historical Accuracy
Battlefield 1 will add playable female characters in its multiplayer mode due to historical accuracy, developer DICE said. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times during E3 2017, producer Andrew Gulotta explained that the team is “meticulous about everything” and that it was through its research of World War 1 that it found that women really did fight in the conflict.
“We had to jump on that when we saw the opportunity,” said Gulotta. The producer added “There were people on both sides, but people really started digging in and found women did shave their heads and participate.”
By shaving their heads, the women were able to ‘blend in’ with male soldiers. The Battlefield 1 team worked with experts on Allied and Central Forces and also communicated with colleagues from (publisher) EA in Russia to ensure that the portrayal was correct.
Many will be glad to see what Battlefield 1 is getting female characters in multiplayer at all – this is the first time that the series’ multiplayer mode has included playable women in its 15-year history. But others will be questioning why it took so long and why women were not just included in Battlefield 1‘s multiplayer in the first place. After all, the game’s story campaign includes a playable female character, so why not multiplayer too?
Some fans are also frustrated that the playable female characters will cost money. Call of Duty: WW2 features female soldiers across all of its game modes (including single and multiplayer) and does so at no extra charge. In comparison, In the Name of the Tsar including new maps, vehicles, weapons and game modes and so won’t come cheap. Whether people are willing to purchase all of that as they look to play as women, though, is unclear.
Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar DLC will be released in September.
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