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DICE under fire for history mangling, claim USSR switched sides

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Oscar Mike helmet, DICE's gift to Battlefield V players
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Battlefield V once again finds itself mangling history as the game's producer David Sirland said in an interview that the USSR wasn't included because the way they see it, the country switched sides in World War II more than once.

Asked whether Battlefield V will feature USSR's forces, Sirland said yes but only in terms of weapons, gear and vehicles. "Only with the USSR there is a small problem, because they have changed sides - at least once, but we will probably figure out how to add them", he added.

As you'd expect, Sirland's words didn't really sit with Russian gamers, who swarmed the man's Twitter with #ApologizeforUSSR hashtags, demanding he apologised. Many of them listed personal losses in the country's fight against Nazi Germany and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see it's a source of great pride for them.

Sirland initially started defending his position, asking a fan whether he learned about the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact in school. The fan politely explained that non-aggression and taking the side of the Axis are two different things but by then, the tweets were coming in fast and hard. 

As a result, Sirland mellowed down his stance, claiming that the USSR needs its own faction separate from the Axis and Allies, since its importance in WWII was immeasurable. He insists that he actually meant it as a compliment and that the culprit is either the confusing nature of his statement or a translation error.

We, on the other hand, aren't the least bit surprised with DICE's history mangling, because this is not the first, and probably not the last time they're doing it. It's not the first time we've heard Battlefield V big wigs suggest their fans are uneducated either. Patrick Soderlund anyone?

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After all, even when they decided to tone down their stylistic decisions, they stressed that they'll keep looking at WWII through DICE's lenses, which seem to be growing thicker by the iteration. So let me check, DICE can straight up invent stuff and be cool, while appeals against android WWII women are called sexism? Well, ain't that just grand.

You can find Sirland's interview here (in Russian).