Battlefield 2042 removes “unintentional” reference to Russia’s war with Ukraine

A skin in the new Battlefield 2042 will be renamed in the next game update after users pointed out that he 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 characters in the game, of Russian descent Piotr ‘Boris’ Guskovsky, has an unlockable skin called ‘Little Green Man’. Looks like it could have been a joke, since the skin is green camo and Boris is a very big boy. But thanks to the combination of Boris’ name and nationality, it was also quickly seen as a reference to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, historically Russian territory but currently within recognized international borders. from Ukraine.

An important and controversial part of this part of the conflict (which in some areas is still ongoing) was Russia‘s use of unmarked forces, carrying no national flags or other identifying marks on their uniforms and vehicles, who entered Ukraine and occupied several places, including the Crimean parliament. While using Russian equipment, their lack of insignia allowed Vladimir Putin to briefly state that they were in fact local insurgents and as such was not a clear annexation and manifesto of foreign territory.

Russia would eventually admit that these men were in fact elite special forces, but by then the damage was done and Russia would eventually take Crimea from Ukraine, aided by pro supporters. -Russians in the region and a fictitious referendum organized in the region after the taking of its parliament.

These unmarked troops quickly became known as the “Little Green Men”, so you can see why Ukrainian players playing the game for the first time and baring the skin were not happy:

Screenshot: Twitter

In response, an official Battlefield Account later tweeted that even though the skin itself will remain, it will be renamed:

Today you helped us educate ourselves on a name we use for a skin in Boris Mastery Levels.

It unintentionally refers to a real world problem and does not reflect our team’s values.

We’ll be changing the name in a future update, and we appreciate that it’s brought to our attention.

It comes the same weekend that Ukraine accused Russia of massing 100,000 soldiers at its border.