So I might make more posts like this one to open up debates on industry topics, but here is the current topic for debate: I’ve heard several people both online and in person say they would like the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII to have more diversity in it. Some said they would settle for a non white protagonist, others said they should add more LGBTQ+ characters to the cast. So the topic is should they add more diversity?
My stance on the matter is this: It is a historical game so it should retain historical accuracy.
My argument is that for campaign missions that follow the Americans, French or British armies it is perfectly fine for the player character to be black, latino or Jewish. If there are German campaign missions or a separate Axis campaign then the player character could be Italian or Japanese as an alternative for a white protagonist. Having the protagonist be female however would under most circumstances be historically inaccurate unless the character was a part of the French resistance in occupied France or some similar situation. As for LGBTQ+ characters i have to draw a few lines, gay or bisexual characters are fine as long as it’s handled well and not shoehorned in and in your face. Trans characters are an impossibility however because transgender was something that was not recognized and rarely if ever occurred during the time period of the second world war. Of course this is all applicable for the campaign but in multiplayer i couldn’t care less, the multiplayer isn’t based in any story so there is little need to maintain realism in my opinion.