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Historical accuracy, not a diversity push, brought 'Battlefield' playable female characters

Historical accuracy, not a diversity push, brought 'Battlefield' playable female characters

The Playa Vista team behind the World War I video game “Battlefield 1” has two goals: Create an epic, all-out experience and ensure that their choices are true to history.

Workers scan textbooks and online resources as they decide what characters, weapons and battles to depict in the game. They ask for help from experts on the Allies and Central Powers.

It’s such research that led the “Battlefield 1” developers to the Women's Battalion of Death, an all-female division of the Russian military that fought on the front lines during the early 20th century war.

Now, 15 years since the original...

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