“It's a game, not a history book. Violations will have consequences”

“It's a game, not a history book. Violations will have consequences”

Moderators for the Battlefield subreddit have banned all discussion of historical accuracy in Battlefield V.

The most recent (not, confusingly, the fifth) entry in the franchise was unveiled ahead of E3, featuring prominent women combatants. Since its reveal, conversation around Battlefield V has been dominated by historical accuracy.

More precisely, bad-faith arguments against the inclusion of women, people of colour and disabilities. With the front page of the subreddit constantly flooded, and after trolls flooding threads with downvotes, the administrators have had enough.

In an announcement on r/battlefield, administrator sloth wrote: “This issue has been discussed in a million threads but we've never been brigaded more than we have in the past months. Admins can only keep up with so much. We're done wasting our time on this, every point has been made, no you're not sexists or whatever, but this is just repetitive now”

The Battlefield subreddit is not owned or affiliated with either EA or Dice, but the decision follows news that neither would be budging on its decision to include more diverse character models. The publisher recently responded to the backlash, stating that this criticism was “not okay.”

“We stand up for the cause, because I think those people who don't understand it,” said EA CEO Patrick Soderlund. “You have two choices: either accept it or don't buy the game”

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