The Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer leaked online earlier this week (the game will be released to Windows, PS4 and Xbox One on the 17th of November this year), and for the 49-50 seconds, we had we got to see a lot that turned out excellent for the new game launching possibly this fall. Aside from seeing very familiar faces that cover almost every saga and generation, we received a brand-new female protagonist in the form of what could possibly be a character from the EU and comics named Rae Sloan. The only thing we know about this character is that she was an Imperial pilot at the time of the “Battle of Endor,” which takes place at the conclusion of Return of the Jedi.

She also bears a striking resemblance to Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow, The Mysteries of Laura), and people have noticed. The voice clip sounds like her voice as well. Although no word has been confirmed on her involvement, Gavankar has been very vocal on her support of Star Wars from her Twitter Timeline. Unfortunately, the new trailer wasn’t quite enough to satisfy people’s cravings for a brand-new Star Wars entity before “Star Wars The Last Jedi” releases this December (December 15th, to be exact). Bleeding Cool’s own Madeline Ricchiuto took to her pen yesterday to actually find a reason to call certain critics of the trailer misogynists, and say that Gamergate is to blame for their feelings towards a female protagonist.

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Say hello to Madeline Ricchiuto (she’s the one who wrote the “Star Wars BF2 post”), and yes. You guessed it. She’s an SJW/feminist (the rest of the Bleeding Cool staff seems to be SJWs/feminists as well). So that would explain their SJW content and anti-GG mindset.

While I’ll admit that not everyone who identifies with Gamergate share the same sentiment that it’s about ethics as they did since 2014, in no way is it about keeping female protagonist out of main roles in games or media. If that were true, then the sales figures wouldn’t be high for games such as “Tomb Raider“, “Horizon Zero Dawn“, or “Bayonetta”. These games did well because the storyline, gameplay, and musical soundtrack worked together to engage gamers and offered excellent content that kept them engaged to the end. And they all have a female protagonist.

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Trolling much my fair lady? It’s “almost” as if you have been inspired by Queen Anita herself (the ” Yes boys, we are taking another one of your toys” part).

As far as Ricchiuto trolling for comments to nit-pick and add to her evidence of misogynistic behavior? Non-existent. The comments don’t add any context to support any of these claims, but she spins the narrative to make it appear so to the naked eye. with the inserts and screenshots. Now, I know the last two Star Wars films – The Force Awakens and Rogue One – featured women in the lead roles, and this possible female protagonist in Battlefront II is a bit too much of an estro-fest for some, but let’s be real: Leia was basically the only female character in the first three films. Carrie Fischer was a fantastic actress, but that doesn’t make up for the historic lack of women in the franchise.

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Ah, it’s the good ol’ “Let’s blame and pin everything down on #GamerGate” narrative. Gotcha!

Let’s break this down from all angles: Fan sided, Hollywood, and Critically shall we? As far as being a fan is concerned most of us couldn’t care less about a female protagonist. We know Rey is going to become a female Jedi, and even more female characters were featured in all the prequel films and games. We’ve read the books, comics, played the PnP RPG’s, and have seen numerous give personification to most of the most iconic female villains and heroes of the Star Wars universe. So that’s not a problem, and no one thinks taking the light away from the Jedi Sith conflict is a bad thing. Other things have, and are happening in the Galaxy far far away…

As far as Hollywood is concerned, an Executive producer who just happened to be female admitted she inserted a female character as the lead for Star Wars Episode VII and Rouge One because she wanted to see more women. No one complained because we all got to see what we wanted in the films: Darth Vader, and a great storyline for both. Although it would have been great to see more with Darth Vader, his time served his purpose until a new film comes out.

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I’m quite sure any game, movie or whatever, gets it fair share of hateful comments and whatnot. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that the majority of male gamers agree with these guys opinions. In the matter of fact, most male gamers have zero problems with female protagonists. Why? Because we love them!

Critically? Sure, but there are things people won’t like about anything simply because Hollywood and people’s opinions are like ass holes, everyone has one right? Of course. Nevertheless, here we are, squabbling about gender politics in a franchise that’s broken the alleged “glass ceiling” millions of times. And even proved that women can be in positions of power on the dark side of the force.

“There are some guys who get it, or if not, are willing to let the nerd rage go. Because ladies, tonight is our night to break out those Aalya Secura, Shaak Ti, Jyn, Ahsoka, and Rey costumes. We’ve finally got a seat at that table, and we’re going to win it. Star Wars belongs to us now. Yes boys, we are taking another one of your toys”. – Madeline Ricchiuto, Bleeding Cool

So what were your reactions to Battlefront II and Forces of Destiny? Personally, my reaction centered on Rey’s lightsaber. Because if that’s dual-handed, it makes so much sense. She did fight with a staff first.

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“Some got fed up with the press making a big deal of female protagonists, because that should just be ndb, right?” – I take it that “ndb” stands for no drama brah? And nope, it’s no big deal. However, you have cherry picked comments for your agenda to make a big deal out of nothing. So this one is on you.

Ok…let’s look at this from a realistic point. Rey, on the cover of the actual artwork looks as if she’s a hologram compared to Darth Maul. While I won’t say she’s not wielding a lightsaber, I will say it’s a bit of a stretch immediately. For one, the game spans several generations, for another it wouldn’t put spoilers out in it like Disney Infinity allegedly did. Lastly, she wouldn’t wield a dual bladed lightsaber as many Jedi saw dual phase sabers as instruments of the Sith. However, depending on who you speak with, or the lore you follow there is evidence that several Jedi’s used dual phase sabers. Some even used force lightning and were Gray Jedi such as Qui Gon-Jin, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s master.

As far as her claim that ladies have a seat at the Star Wars table? It was always there. So you just never chose to pull it up and join the game until now.

And with that said, what’s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!

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  • Laytonaster

    I’m frankly a little apprehensive to buy this game, even if it’s manages to turn out good. With the declaration that it’s taking place in the Star Wars canon and the blatant focus on apparently the possible campaign mode’s female main character, it feels like yet another attempt at to pander to the “progressive” crowd.
    It’s become a pattern. Once someone makes any attempt to appeal to them, it immediately becomes a zero-win situation. If the game turns out good and people buy it, they’ll only hear the church of SJ-ology singing praise for having this oh-so-progressive female protagonist, ignoring the important praises for actual gameplay-related aspects. If the game turns out bad and people shit on it, the SJ crowd will blame it on sexism.
    I won’t bother to say I take for responsibility for this mindset I’ve found myself with. I feel I’m in the right when I say that such is the atmosphere that SocJus has created. It’s petty, but I’d be lying if I said otherwise.

    • female main character, it feels like yet another attempt at to pander to the “progressive” crowd. It’s become a pattern.

      Because that’s precisely what it is. The female protagonist is definitely not a natural occurrence nor freedom of expression, instead it’s clearly an agenda that’s been shoe-horned in to pander to the Social Justice feminist maggots and to shove it down the throats of male gamers.

      Don’t let SJWs fool you when they tell you that it’s “natural” or “the developer/director chose to do this, it was their choice”. They’ve created such a toxic fear-mongering atmosphere that has basically forced developers/creators to cave in and conform to their demands. The ones who don’t conform get lynch-mobbed, harassed and have their reputations ruined.

      Once someone makes any attempt to appeal to them, it immediately becomes a zero-win situation. If the game turns out good and people buy it, they’ll only hear the church of SJ-ology singing praise for having this oh-so-progressive female protagonist

      Well said, completely agree. The only sure-fire way to get this cancer out of entertainment media is to not give them your money. But that’s of course unrealistic because there’s going to be plenty of people who will buy it.

      Basically the combination of buyers who: A) don’t care; B) ignorant; C) oblivious; D) gullible; E) don’t care about politics; F) Star Wars fanboys, etc. are keeping the SJW cancer alive.

      If the game turns out bad and people shit on it, the SJ crowd will blame it on sexism.

      100% guaranteed, it’s like clockwork. You can almost set a watch to it.

      If you’re still unsure of whether the female protagonist is SJW cancer or not, here’s some past quotes:

      Director of Star Wars Episode VII:

      “At Comic-Con 2015, the director of the hotly anticipated “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” calls ethnic and gender diversity in film roles “a big consideration.”

      Tasia Filippatos, Senior Vice President for Communications at Disney Consumer Products:

      “As you may have noticed, hopefully you did, the lead character in the Force Awakens was the lightsaber wielding Rae, a very strong empowered female heroine who really took the movie and the world by storm. Let me just say, you know, that was purposeful, that was purposeful on Disney’s part and purposeful from the filmmaker’s perspective to make
      that lead character a strong empowered female.”

      • Galbador

        “As you may have noticed, hopefully you did, the lead character in
        the Force Awakens was the lightsaber wielding Rae, a very strong
        empowered female heroine who really took the movie and the world by
        storm. Let me just say, you know, that was purposeful, that was
        purposeful on Disney’s part and purposeful from the filmmaker’s
        perspective to make
        that lead character a strong empowered female.”

        And that is why I said goodbye to Star Wars and the saga offically ends with episode 6. I even like the prequels more than this mindfuck of a movie, even Jar Jar Binks! But I#m not surprised to see this and it won’t go away so fast. All we can do to fight this idiocy is to show what we think of it like we did with Ghostbusters 2016… fight and kill the cancer before it can infect the whole body. This is what need to happen with Star Wars.

        Either let it die with dignity or watch how it mutates into a horrific mass of Fem-SJW-Bullshit. I would laugh if it turns out that “What’s-her-face” needs to learn the force because all she did in Ep7 were “just lucky shots”. But I guess that it just normal for female lead characters.

        • Laytonaster

          Having seen and read my share of action manga and anime with female leads, I can assure you the last sentence isn’t the case.

          Rey was a piss-poor character in general. Her being attuned with the force came with far too little development, even with all the hints dropped. And her mastery of what should be adept force powers with zero training

    • Idk I think it’s interesting to play a villain main character unless there’s two sides to the campaign like in the transformer game. Also if janina is the main character that’s cool cause she’s good on sleepy hollow as for sjw? I don’t care if love star wars in general

    • I have a feeling that the Star Wars IP will face the same faith as Ghostbusters did…

  • John27

    The only Star Wars characters that feminists are physically capable of playing are Gamorrean Guards or Jabba the Hutt.

    • I was about to say “the sand people”, but even they have more charisma then they do.

  • StolenEyes

    I think the reason that Ms Richiuto is only now taking her seat at the “Star Wars table” is because she believes she can control what is said there, hence the infantile “toys” reference. Her whole article is childish and solely an exercise in baiting for clicks and attention.

    • Well, Bleeding Cool is an SJW website. So that makes perfect sense really.

  • Bigfatdane

    Isn’t it an oxymoron for bleeding cool to claim Star Wars is for everyone while also saying “sorry boys, we’re taking another one of your toys away”.

    In my opinion the game looked fantastic, but this is EAST and Dice. The same team up who fubared Mirror’s Edge Cataclysm.

    • I have nothing against the game whatsoever. As I find the game to look really great as well =) Yep, Bleeding Cool is just trying to get some rage clicks.

    • That game was doomed from the start man no one really cared about the first one either though…

  • MusouTensei

    Blatant agenda pushing, nothing else, I’m just done with modern day Star Wars, they can have it. I just play the real Star Wars Battlefront II if I want, without any of this Disney SJW garbage.

    • I miss the good ol’ Star Wars days…I had crazy fun with KOTOR and Dark Forces 1 & 2.

  • patyos

    Already have it on steam =D

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/6060/

    • Ho ho ho 😛 The title difference would be the “2” and “II” 😉

      • patyos

        Doubt EA’s Battlefront II will be worth it like the original Battlefront II was….

        • It doesn’t sound very likely, no.

  • andelbam

    EA, will never have my money. Even if it is Star Wars. They will find a way to mess it up.

    • That’s how a lot of people feel about EA nowadays, and who could blame them really?

  • jlenoconel

    The mainstream gaming industry and press have been pandering to feminists and SJWs since at least 2014. I’m absolutely sick of it. I’m kinda just done with mainstream gaming at this point. I have a PC so don’t even have to bother about AAA gaming for the most part now, and I’m not bothered.

    Star Wars is just one of many games that has a female lead in it now. I am OK with playing with a female lead sometimes, but they’re forcing it on the majority of games. Its always political too, so I’m just done.

    • There is a very good reason behind why I play mainly indie, Japanese and retro games nowadays…Yes, and AAA games are rather expensive as well. Yep, wayyy to political for my taste.

      • jlenoconel

        I end up playing a lot of the stuff made in RPG Maker. Some free stuff, some paid. But I’d rather do that than worry about bullshit politics in games.

        • Sounds like a good move to me. As for myself, I’m going to play more retro games as well 😉

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