Fans are paying tribute to Michael K Williams, the actor known for ‘The Wire’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’ who tragically died last week. He is also set to posthumously reprise a role in the upcoming Battlefield 2042, and EA has now paid tribute to the late actor.
Michael K Williams had stunned many over the years. In his illustrious career he had played the likes of Omar Little in The Wire and Chalky White in Broadwalk Empire. His performance in The Road was a personal favourite of mine. Video game fans would also remember him as Kimble “Irish” Graves from Battlefield 4.
In light of the news of his death, EA released a tribute to the actor, stating that “His performances [were] second only to his incredible presence”.
A TRAGIC LOSS
Williams was set to make his return to Battlefield for the first time since 2014. Just last month Battlefield debuted its “Exodus” short film, featuring Williams’ return as Irish. Irish will make up one of the many playable Specialists in 2042’s multiplayer.
Williams was found dead in his New York apartment on September 6th. EA posted a tribute via the Battlefield Twitter account. It stated: “Our thoughts are with his loved ones, and fans all over the world.”
Battlefield fans were devastated by the news and many called for Williams to be honoured within Battlefield 2042 somehow. I would be surprised if EA wasn’t working some sort of tribute into the game. With Battlefield 2042 said to feature an evolving narrative through its multiplayer, Williams’ Irish likely had a large part to play in it. At this point it is unclear how his death will impact the character’s presence in 2042.
News of Williams’ death is heartbreaking and it will bring a bittersweet feeling to Battlefield 2042’s launch. His role as a Specialist will not only serve as a sad reminder of his death, but also a warming preservation of one of his final roles.
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