EA’s Battlefield 5 is changing the name of one of its WW2 German avatars after it drew criticism as people discovered the Axis soldier had been given the name of a real-life anti-fascist.
The name they gave the character is Wilhelm Franke, who literally fought against the Nazis.
The German WW2 character was introduced to players last week, and he had certainly made an entrance.
Here’s the video introducing him:
Wilhelm Franke was born in 1891 in Saarsburg and was known as an anti-fascist in the city of Dresden in WW2. He was an activist for democracy, and when the Nazis came into power he was arrested. Though he would later be released, his freedom wouldn’t last long, and he and his family were killed during the bombing of Dresden, mere months before the end of the war.
Needless to say, EA is changing their character’s name. The gaming company told Vice: "We've become aware that one of the names of our Elites, Wilhelm Franke, shares the name of a real life resistance member in Germany during the Second World War.
We want to apologise as we certainly didn't mean any disrespect to him. We are in the process now of changing the name.
However EA also insisted that Franke, who in his trailer stopped everything just to watch an enemy soldier die, isn’t actually a Nazi – he’s just a regular German solider.
"In Battlefield 5, we're not making any political statements in relation to the real-life events of WW2 and there are no swastikas in the game," it said.