DICE disables Battlefield 2042’s Russian attack helicopter weekly mission reward

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this week, DICE disabled the weekly mission in Battlefield 2042, and its reward, a skin for the fictional Russian Mi-240 Super Hind attack helicopter, is no longer available to unlock.

“In light of current events, we have disabled the weekly mission system this week, and this week’s reward is no longer available to unlock,” DICE tweeted. “Players who have already completed a mission this week will not be affected. Weekly missions will return next week.”

In light of current events, we have disabled the weekly mission system for this week, and this week’s reward is no longer available to unlock #Battlefield2042. Players who have already completed this week’s mission will not be affected. Weekly missions will return next week. pic.twitter.com/Pnn1V1H9jKFebruary 25, 2022

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That Wiki describes the Mi-240 Super Hind as an “evolution” of the real Russian Mi-24 attack helicopter. It is very similar to its real-life counterpart, with a distinctive double cockpit and small wings that can carry multiple weapon systems. The Grin Reaper skin is a classic shark mouth motif that appears on the nose of a helicopter.

This isn’t the first Russian cosmetic in Battlefield 2042 to bite EA’s ass: in November 2021, it had to change the name of Little Green Men, an epic-tier skin for specialist Peter “Boris” Gukovsky, because it “inadvertently refers to a real-world problem and doesn’t reflect the values ​​of our team.” The Little Green Men are the Russian irregulars that led the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

It is unclear what will be done with Grin Reaper cosmetics after this week-long suspension. In response to a question from a player who asked if the Grin Reaper would be available in the future, Lead Community Manager Adam Freeman wrote, “This is not a decision that we have just made, but something that we will discuss. When weekly missions resume next week, they will be with a different challenge and reward.”

A number of gaming companies, including CD Projekt, Bungie, 4A Games, Amanita Design, GOG, and others, have strongly opposed the Russian invasion of Ukraine and, in many cases, also promised financial support to its victims.

 

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