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DICE to rename Battlefield 2042 skin that "unintentionally" references Russo-Ukrainian War

"... you've helped us to make a positive change in the game."

A Battlefield 2042 skin that references the Russo-Ukrainian War will be renamed, DICE has said.

DICE was criticised for the epic-tier "Little Green Man" skin for Battlefield 2042 specialist Pyotr "Boris" Gukovsky.

"Little green men" was a name given to masked Russian soldiers who wore unmarked (without insignia) green army uniforms during the Ukrainian crisis of 2014.

"@EA @EA_DICE are you ok with jokingly putting the Russian terrorists that occupied part of my country?" said Twitter user Waggle-free.

DICE replied to say the use of the "little green men" name was unintentional, and it will be changed in a forthcoming update.

"Today you helped inform us about a name we use for a skin in Boris' Mastery Tiers," DICE said.

"It unintentionally references a real world issue, and isn't reflective of our team's values. We'll be changing the name in a forthcoming update, and appreciate it being brought to our attention."

This isn't the first time DICE has come under fire for the name of a character in a Battlefield game. In 2019, EA said it unintentionally gave a Battlefield 5 Nazi the same name as a real-life World War 2 resistance fighter, before renaming the character.

Activision's Call of Duty series has had similar issues. Last year, Infinity Ward renamed a controversial soldier skin in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone after it was accused of glorifying the police.

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