Battlefield 5 will have women. When this was revealed during the game's announcement stream last month, most people said "oh neat" and got on with their lives. A vocal handful, however, found this offensively out of place in their "historically accurate" series about ramping tanks over horses. Weeks later, they still haven't stopped complaining about it.
Now, the Battlefield subreddit has had enough.
The moderators of the Battlefield subreddit - one of the series' largest single discussion forums, with nearly 130,000 users - posted a particularly pointed thread yesterday putting a stop to conversations on the game series and historical accuracy.
"We're done, its over," a mod wrote in an announcement thread. "New rule: No more bitching about historical accuracy, it's a game, not a history book. Violations will have consequences."
The moderator added that threads about historical accuracy - which usually centre around the presence of women and black people and have recently featured greatest hits such as a guy lying about being a historian and another person suggesting that it'd be fine for marginalised people to be in the game so long as they stayed in their place - have resulted in toxic mobs of people who aren't even part of the community repeatedly going to war against the subreddit.
"This issue has been discussed in a million fucking threads, but we've never been brigaded more than we have in the past months," the mod wrote. "Admins can only keep up with so much. We're done wasting our time on this, every point has been made, no you're not sexists or whatever, but this shit is just repetitive now."
It's important to note that the Battlefield subreddit is not controlled by, affiliated with, or paid by EA. Earlier this week, however, EA chief creative officer Patrick Soderlund also told the ceaselessly pedantic (but definitely not sexist) mobs to just deal with it.
"We don't take any flak," Soderlund said in an interview with Gamasutra, referring to the backlash surrounding the inclusion of women in Battlefield 5.
"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."