The bombastic reveal of Battlefield V confirmed that it’ll take us back to World War II. As is always the case with games set in this era, the trailer did an excellent job of showcasing the European theatre of war, complete with its iconic weaponry and vehicles. But DICE has said it wants to show areas of the global conflict that haven’t been touched by other games, and there’s one in particular that I hope it highlights: the Spanish Civil War.
Despite the large number of videogames set during World War II, what has rarely been depicted, is the Spanish Civil War. It precedes World War II, taking place from 1936 to 1939, but it served as proving grounds for the conflict that would follow, both ideologically and technologically.
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DICE even has some assets ready, and could make use of the weapons and vehicles that span both conflicts. It’s a different time period, sure, but some of the groundwork is already in place.
Given the Battlefield series’ success to date in depicting different sides of a war, often offering a more international experience than its competitors, there’s every reason to hope that Battlefield V might be the game that finally portrays an important part of Spanish history. It could take us across a number of gorgeous locations in the process, from fighting through French villages to battling Fascist soldiers on the streets of Madrid, making use of the entire topography of the Civil War to deliver a number of fresh battlegrounds.
DICE’s refusal to whitewash military history would complement the effort, too, ensuring that the Civil War is portrayed accurately: the International Brigades had volunteers from across Europe and the rest of the world, and saw an influx of both men and women taking up arms. Instances of female soldiers and global involvement have been well documented in the conflict, so Battlefield V could help to further memorialise them in popular culture as the game is doing with the women who fought in World War II.