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Unexpected phrases are being censored in the Battlefield 5 beta, an issue EA says it’s aware of.
The Battlefield 5 beta is well underway, and players have noticed that some unexpected phrases are being censored by its new in-game chat profanity filter. It’s an issue EA tells Tech they are aware of, saying that the new profanity filter feature will be tweaked for the final launch.
One of the weirder examples was spotted by users on the Battlefield 5 subreddit, who pointed out that typing “white man” will only display asterisks in the public chat. Additionally, typing “DLC” will also be censored (but typing “free DLC” will not), and EA has pointed out in a blog post that certain slurs aren’t being censored when they should be as well.
EA says the profanity filter is meant to “reduce toxicity” in Battlefield 5, but that they are taking feedback about its current inaccuracies seriously. EA said they will work to “tweak the sensitivity of the filter and improve its usage without censoring relevant conversation.”
Apart from directly addressing the “DLC” mistake, EA didn’t explicitly say what phrases will and won’t be filtered once tweaks have been made. They have at least made it clear that it’s not always operating as intended in the beta, and it seems like a safe bet that the “white man” phrase people are currently talking about is a mistake as well. We’ve asked EA to confirm this and will update the story with their response.
EA recently announced that Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode would be called Firestorm, which you can find the first details on here.
Tom Marks is Tech’s PC Editor and pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.