“That is very difficult to change.”
Battlefield 2042 won’t be removing in-game Russian forces, citing the difficulty required to do so.
Speaking with Eurogamer, DICE’s Rebecka Coutaz explained the reasoning why.
“First of all, we were here at DICE of course, we were as shocked as everybody else on the 24th of February waking up to see what was happening in Eastern Europe,” Coutaz said. “We have a lot of team members coming from Eastern Europe and we have had to deal with that, so that they feel comfortable, and we’re here and we listen and help them to take care of themselves.
“That was our first concern. Then the second concern is we are a military shooter game, and today on Battlefield 2042 one of the opposing factions is Russian. What we have done is an audit of the game and try to be as sensitive as we can to be with as much respect as we can for everything that we do.”
Ultimately, Coutaz conceded that the premise of Battlefield 2042 — that being allies versus Russian forces — was “very difficult to change.”
Other EA titles including FIFA 22 and NHL 22 have removed Russian teams from their rosters.
Battlefield 2042 is currently available on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4 and PS5; we reviewed it here. Season 1, zero hourslaunched on 9 June.
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