No playable female soldiers in Battlefield 4

There are perfectly in their rights to do this.

Posted By | On 27th, Mar. 2013 Under Article, News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl


DICE have very clearly mentioned today that there won’t be any playable soldiers in Battlefield 4. I can almost smell a game journalist Twitter war coming up anytime now, but please don’t do it guys.

“I can already now say that you won’t be able to play [as a] female in multiplayer,” creative director Lars Gustavsson told Videogamer.

“When it comes to single-player, [in Battlefield 3] you shuffled around numerous characters as you played and it was more about the geopolitical events. This time around, everything from direction to actors, to how we built the engine to deliver the human experience and connection to these digital actors, we’ve also chosen to go for one main character that you play, and with that, that is not a woman, as you might have noticed.

“The geopolitics is more of a backdrop to what happens, it’s more [about] you and your group, and we chose to pick a man for it. It seemed to suit the story.”

He also revealed that choosing a male just suited the story a lot more, that’s all there is to it.

“Trust me, there are a million things I would like to do. It’s just that you can’t pick them all,” he said.

“I have the deepest respect for the men and the women who choose to do military service. It’s not that anyone is better or worse. It’s definitely a valid question that we asked ourselves.”

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  • StoicVenus

    I hate it. This was the main thing I was hoping to see in Battlefield 4, and could easily be the deciding factor as to whether or not I actually get it.

    If a game series as masculine as Gears of War (I’m no fan) can have multiple playable female characters, Battlefield should be able to handle having just as many (if not more). I have trouble thinking of a good reason why a developer as talented and out-going as DICE hasn’t already made this adjustment. The same could be said about EA. Sure a lot of people only look at the things EA does that they don’t like/agree with, but EA has a commendable record when it comes to controversial social issues. Why EA would decide to rally behind LGBT gamers/game characters in titles like Mass Effect or Dragon Age and not rally behind something as simple as implementing (playable) female soldiers in Battlefield doesn’t make since to me – especially when 44% of gamers are female. Source: http://tinyurl.com/d5swct3

    I can understand not being able to play a female soldier in the campaign if it doesn’t fit the storyline, but multiplayer is different. Why can’t I play as MY soldier? It only makes me identify with (and want to play the game) more. I mean seriously. In Halo we’ve been able to play as female spartans (and ODST’s) for almost seven years now, and there have been female soldiers on the frontline for almost ten!

    • Halo takes place 500 years in the future and if they do have Female soliders in the SP (Hanna and the chopper pilots) and lastly if they did it for Multiplayer they’d have to record hundreds of pieces of dialogue for them in multiplayer, add additional animation, and all that.

      I’m not saying it’s much of an excuse. I think they should have them in the game considering the United States of all places has finally opened up legally front-line combat roles for females.

      But also in addition, they want to focus on the game. Not start wars over the roles of woman. They said similar things about why you couldn’t shoot civilians in BF3.

    • StoicVenus

      Well I wasn’t talking about the time frame of the game’s storyline when I mentioned Halo. I was talking about the the social ramifications of giving players the choice of whether they want to play as male or female.

      I can understand wanting to focus on the game and cutting down on in-game aspects when you’re running on a tight budget, but if Pandemic Studios could get it right on the Zero engine in 2004, then DICE should be able to handle it with the Frostbite 3 engine it in 2013 (I’m specifically talking about Star Wars: Battlefront). I’m not saying I want to see a female version of every playable class (though that would be awesome!), I just want to see one – like the Rebel Marksman.

    • StoicVenus

      Well I wasn’t talking about the time frame of the game’s storyline when I mentioned Halo. I was talking about the the social ramifications of giving players the choice of whether they want to play as male or female.

      I can understand wanting to focus on the game and cutting down on in-game aspects when you’re running on a tight budget, but if Pandemic Studios could get it right on the Zero engine in 2004, then DICE should be able to handle it with the Frostbite 3 engine it in 2013 (I’m specifically talking about Star Wars: Battlefront). I’m not saying I want to see a female version of every playable class (though that would be awesome!), I just want to see one – like the Rebel Marksman.


 

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