DICE Says It's "Difficult" To Remove Russian Forces From Battlefield 2042 Despite Ongoing Ukraine Invasion

"What we have done is an audit of the game and try to be as sensitive as we can."

Anthony Jones
By Anthony Jones, News Editor June 21, 2022
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Publisher EA and developer DICE's multiplayer first-person shooter Battlefield 2042 has been in the eye of the storm for quite some time. Between a bumbling development roadmap and removed multiplayer modes, Battlefield 2042 hasn't caught a break. Its most recent problem comes from a design decision even the developers couldn't anticipate.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has prompted a slew of changes for many video game franchises, spurring corporation movement from the likes of Wargaming and has led to EA removing Russian clubs and the national football team from its FIFA series. Yet, in the case of Battlefield 2042, removing the Russian faction is practically stripping away a portion of the game. DICE's General Manager Rebecka Coutaz said it's "very difficult to change in this entertainment game."

Coutaz continues in her interview with Eurogamer: "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."

One of DICE's first concerns with keeping Russian forces in the game was making sure their Eastern Europe devs felt "comfortable" with the decision. Coutaz says that DICE "listen[s] and help[s] them to take care of themselves." Whether or not players could see a change in the future is very uncertain due to DICE's stance on the matter.

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About the Author

Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones, News Editor
Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.

Discussion (3)

suahieh 3 months ago
This is quite retarded to say the least, you cannot simply remove something like just because you don't like it exists.
By that logic usa should be nuked out of existence out of all games.
Don't breing irl politics to games, games are form of escapism not an ego stroking fest for snow*lakes.

Flintstone 3 months ago
They are doing the wrong thing they need to go through the raw code use a thing called search, search for Most Massive Criminal Organisation with A Massive Dirt Bag Uncontrolled Army in the world i.e.something beginning with R and ending with a A for Arseholes, find it, and delete it. Its that simple really.
what's really great about computers is there has always been a thing called copy paste delete, the 3 things that run the whole thing.

viper 3 months ago
I support the current thing


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