Battlefield 2042 Removing ‘Unintentional’ Reference To Russia’s War With Ukraine

Battlefield 2042 Removing ‘Unintentional’ Reference To Russia’s War With Ukraine
Screenshot: Battlefield 2042

A skin in the new Battlefield 2042 will be renamed in the game’s next update after users pointed out that it had a lot in common with a group of Russian soldiers involved in the country’s annexation of parts of Ukraine in 2014.

One of the game’s characters, Russian-born Pyotr ‘Boris’ Guskovsky, has a skin you can unlock called ‘Little Green Man’. It seems like it could have just been a joke, since the skin is green camo and Boris is a very large boy. But thanks to the combination of the name and Boris’ nationality it was also quickly seen as a reference to Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimea, a historically Russian territory but currently within the recognised international borders of Ukraine.

A major and contentious part of that part of the conflict (which in some areas is still ongoing) was the use by Russia of unmarked forces, carrying no national flags or other identifying marks on their uniforms and vehicles, who entered Ukraine and occupied several strategic locations, including the Crimean parliament. While using Russian equipment, their lack of insignia allowed Vladimir Putin to briefly claim that they were actually local insurgents, and as such that it wasn’t a clear and overt annexation of foreign territory.

Russia would eventually admit that these men had actually been elite special forces, but by then the damage had been done and Russia would end up seizing the Crimea from Ukraine, aided by pro-Russian supporters in the region and a sham referendum held in the region after the seizing of its parliament.

Those unmarked troops quickly became known as ‘Little Green Men’, so you can understand why Ukrainian gamers playing the game for the first time and discovering the skin were not happy:

Screenshot: TwitterScreenshot: Twitter

In response, an official Battlefield account later tweeted that while the skin itself will remain, it will be renamed:

Today you helped inform us about a name we use for a Skin in Boris’ Mastery Tiers.

It unintentionally references a real world issue, and isn’t reflective of our team’s values.

We’ll be changing the name in a forthcoming update, and appreciate it being brought to our attention.

This comes on the same weekend that Ukraine accused Russia of massing 100,000 troops on its border.


  • So what your saying is every character will now be running around naked?

    It’s about time Battlefield, it’s about time.

  • ” aided by pro-Russian supporters in the region and a sham referendum held in the region after the seizing of its parliament. ”

    And your evidence the referendum was a sham is?

    Speaking of Crimea, Did you know Ukraine has cut off its main water supply which accounted for more than 80% of its water supply? Pretty sure collective punishment is a war crime.

    Speaking of Ukraine, Did you know their government allows parades/ Marches celebrating Ukrainian soldiers during WW2 who joined the Waffen SS to fight against Russia. These soldiers took part in horrific war crimes but the Ukrainian government openly allows them to celebrate these soldiers.

    Thought you might want to know.

    • Yeah, nobody ever asks why the Ukraine’s allies jumped ship during the conflict.
      Julie Bishop couldn’t get out of there fast enough after lapping it up.
      Its like trying to defend someone who’s genuinely terrible from someone else who’s genuinely terrible, it’s a hard to sell to anyone, including yourself.

      • As a former Soviet republic Ukraine has always been understood to be part of Russia’s sphere of influence. There was never any risk that any other country was going to risk all-out war with Russia.

        Russia remains a superpower with a permanent veto on the UN Security Council and what continues to be one of the world’s largest standing militaries, including hundreds of nuclear weapons.

        Russian had already completely occupied the Crimean Peninsula well before anyone had any opportunity to do anything about it, and other countries are not suicidal.

    • So what you’re saying is that Ukraine did nothing wrong. Incredi-based.

      Speaking of WW2 and numbers, why did Kotaku AU choose a comment font that leaves numbers smaller than capitals.

      • The author is not saying anything of the sort, but that would have required you to read it, to understand that. They are merely pointing out what the issues is with the game and the background for the decision. If you have an issue try taking it up with the devs or EA execs. Good luck.

        • Blake, Blakey, Blake-sta. You might wanna try holding a ruler up against your screen/monitor to check how the comment chain is going. This is about the Azov Batallion and the SS Galician division.

          KotakuAU’s UI is horrible for keeping track of where a new comment chain begins and ends.

    • Any referendum conducted immediately after occupation by a foreign military force is by definition a sham. People who might oppose the referendum will obviously be feeling intimidated, not to mention that there is going to be a not unreasonable expectation amongst opponents that the outcome is a foregone conclusion.

      You may as well ask what the evidence is that you giving me your wallet had anything at all to do with the gun that I was pointing at your head.

      I get that you don’t like Ukraine, however your entire post is nothing but a classic exercise in whataboutism. I mean, if you want to play that game let’s look at Russia’s many annual celebrations of Stalin, a man whose policies resulted in the execution of nearly a million of his own citizens and the genocidal forced resettlement of numerous ethnic groups, including hundreds of thousands of Crimean Tatars.

      Thought you might want to know.

  • “A major and contentious part of that part of the conflict (which in some areas is still ongoing)..”

    If it’s still ongoing “in some areas,” then it’s still an ongoing conflict.

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