It appears Battlefield 1’s servers aren’t the only things to catch fire over the weekend. That’s because the official Battlefield Twitter account shared some images from Battlefield 1 that probably shouldn’t have been published.
In the screenshots below, the Battlefield Twitter account attempted to entertain its audience by sharing some GIFs tied to the #justWWIthings hashtag. The images, which have since been removed, show a flamethrower being used with the caption “When you’re too hot for the club.” An additional tweet vein was published of a Zeppelin crashing in the background while a soldier points a gun with the caption “When your squad is looking on point.”
While we can certainly understand why the Battlefield Twitter account published these tweets, many found them to be offensive given how it glorifies the terrors that stemmed from World War I. While we found Battlefield 1 to be a fun and worthwhile experience, we also praised it for its tight-knit and well told campaign stories, which certainly didn’t glorify the experience of fighting in World War I.
Update: An EA representative provided Shacknews with the following statement regarding this story: "We would like to apologize for any offense caused by content in the last 24 hours posted on the @Battlefield Twitter account. It did not treat the World War 1 era with the respect and sensitivity that we have strived to maintain with the game and our communications.”