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Battlefield V Pre-Orders Slow As EA Exec Quits

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Battlefield V pre-orders are slow and not going as well as expected, according to Cowen, a research company from the U.S.

Battlefield V arrives at a bad time in the video game release calender. The list of October game releases includes Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Battlefield V lands amongst them on October 16.

Cowen claims that Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are showing greater pre-order demand and believes that EA may have another Titanfall 2 on their hands, which sold poorly partly due to it releasing between Battlefield 1 and COD: Infinite Warfare.

Why Are Battlefield V Pre-Orders Slow?

While it’s likely that the shooter’s positioning the calendar isn’t going to do it any favors, it’s also suggested that the backlash from gamers over comments EA’s Patrick Soderlund made could be to blame for slow preorders.

The backlash began when Battlefield V was announced and it featured female soliders on the front-line. While some gamers embraced the moved, others called it feminist SJW propaganda. The announcement saw the rise of the hashtag #NotMyBattlefield.

Soderlund fought back. In an interview with Gamustra, he explained:

Battlefield 5 is a lot about the unseen, the untold, the unplayed … The common perception is that there were no women in World War II. There were a ton of women who both fought in World War II and partook in the war.

What really got some Battlefield players noses out of joints were the comments that preceded. He said:

We stand up for the cause, because I think those people who don’t understand it, well, you have two choices: either accept it or don’t buy the game. I’m fine with either or. It’s just not OK.

It’s unclear just how many people are genuinely angry about females featuring heavily in Battlefield 5, are deliberately not buying the game because of Soderlund’s comments, or are just spending their cash on other decent games that month.

This week, it was also announced that Soderlund is leaving the company. As EA’s Chief Design Officer he’s regularly appeared as the face of the company. It’s currently unclear why he’s left or what his future plans are.

If you’re more interested in the game then the politics, check out the latest Battlefield V Gamescom teaser.

  • Boudi25

    EA is the worst company in the gaming industry. I wish they go bankrupt.

    • True FF Fan

      EA is terrible, but Bethesda showed their true colors last week, threatening to sue a gamer over selling his new and unopened The Evil Within 2, that makes Bethesda actually worse than EA, which is a very pathethic achievement. Bethaholes never even apologized for their behavior, instead they stood by the threats, trying to publicly justify their treatment of their customer…

      • The_Chaos_Theory

        It’s not really Bethesda making these choices, it’s their obnoxious legal team, which has been a problem for years now.

  • Migi

    Titanfall 2 wasn’t a bad game the new Battlefield Vagina is so you can’t compare the 2.

    • True FF Fan

      Battlefield Vagina, hahahaha priceless

      • Migi

        It’s a common word on One angry gamer website where everybody know that this pandering in gaming is making this industry an garbage dump. If you want more inlightend news reporting I’d advise you check the site out. At least if you are a true gamer and are sick of this agenda pushing.

  • True FF Fan

    It’s like Soderlund is being intentionally stubborn/ignorant. Everyone knows that females were involved in WWII, but they were NOT frontline soldiers, but he’s acting like people are prentending there were no women in that war. He is probably acting like that so he never has to actually admit that this game is historically full of siht by putting women in the frontlines. Might as well as add vikings to WWII while EA is at it and change Hitler to a woman, cause you know SJW nonsense is much more important that accuracy… Anyway, not spending a penny on the Battlefield series from now on, I’ll take my WWII games without SJW horsesiht.

    • Greg

      And it will still sell millions.

  • Hvd

    ea just needs to shut down. bf5 is sjw trash.

  • GrimmyReaper

    Well it must be because everyone is a sexist misogynist.

    • John Locke

      I enjoy games to get away from toxic cuckoldry that is EVERYWHERE in the real world. That is gone.

      • GrimmyReaper

        You don’t stand up for women’s rights to play games? Don’t you realize that women everywhere in the world literally can’t play games? The controllers detect if a woman is playing and then a pop up in the game says “Sorry, this media is only for men. Please grow a penis.”

        God, why is everyone just such a sexist here??

        • John Locke

          Don’t you get it? I am offended.

    • John Locke

      Who is more sexist? Is it the guy who wants some semblance of historical accuracy or the man that appropriates women to win power in Vermont?

  • B68W

    I like how objectively this story was presented.

  • Sauce Boss

    I love Battlefield 1, absolutely love it. Played last night. Besides the SJW stuff, i had no interest to begin with. If they didn’t cheap out and do Bad Company 2 or something that isn’t the SAME EXACT THING ON TOP OF PUSHING AN AGENDA, then i’d be interested. Now i’ll look at blops4. But there’s just so many better games launching this fall anyways. BF4 still has a huge audience, so 1 will as well. Hell so does 3.

    • Greg

      Didn’t BF4 have a woman as a major character in combat?

  • Thish ish that Chrisssh

    Your article makes it sound like this guy stepped down becuse of low projections.

    Waaaaay more to it lol.

  • sturgis

    he was fired ! and for good reason too

  • Thomas Siebert

    Arrogance + ignorance is a deadly combination.