Battlefield 1 has officially been announced. Some are calling the title confusing, but I like it: nobody calls the first Battlefield game (Battlefield 1942) Battlefield 1. So the spot was open for the taking. Why not make it a World War I shooter?
Indeed, DICE is taking the series to a place where only mods have taken us before: the damp, dark, desolate battlefields of the First World War.
Within a few days of appearing online, the Battlefield 1 launch trailer became the most-liked video in YouTube history. Clearly, gamers are excited about the latest instalment in one of the world’s best shooter franchises.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at 5 things you need to know about Battlefield 1:
It’s easy to make a game set in the future: you can literally just make up everything as you go along.
The same can’t be said for historical shooters. Fortunately for history buffs, DICE appears to have invested a lot of effort into ensuring their latest game is as historically accurate as possible.
The history guys at The Great War (which is an entire YouTube channel dedicated to WW1 history) did a ridiculously detailed historical analysis of the Battlefield 1 trailer and were largely impressed with what they found.
They got the obvious things right – like the weapons soldiers used and the navigation balloons in the air above the trenches.
But even the guys at The Great War were impressed to discover the little things they got right.
Shovel-wielding Germans, for example, were a part of trench warfare because your bayonet could become stuck in your first victim and you had to use whatever weapon was available. Meanwhile, pickaxes and gas masks in the game are near-perfect replicas of the ones used by real soldiers of that time period.
However, they did remind viewers that it’s not quite perfect (which we can expect from a video game). Medics, for example, probably wouldn’t be carrying crutches around.
Battlefield games have never been designed to simulate a real war. But it’s nice to see the developers put good effort into making the game historically accurate and not turning it into some mockery into the bloodiest war in our world’s history.
It’s amazing that the Battlefield 1 trailer has the most likes of any trailer in YouTube history.
But what’s more amazing is that on the very same day, the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer amassed more dislikes than any trailer in YouTube history.
At the time of writing, the Infinite Warfare reveal trailer has 2.3 million “thumbs down” dislikes, while the Battlefield 1 reveal trailer has 1.6 million likes (and just 28,500 dislikes). That’s an impressive difference.
Maybe the world is getting tired of Call of Duty pumping out bland, predictable futuristic shooters year after year? Finally, it looks like 2016 may be the tipping point where Call of Duty acknowledges they need to do something more creative.
Infinite Warfare, by the way, still has a long way to go before it catches up to Justin Bieber’s Baby, which has over 6 million dislikes. Infinite Warfare’s reveal, however, just passed Rebecca Black’s Friday for second place among all videos of all time.
Every Battlefield game has emphasized multiplayer over singleplayer – and there’s nothing wrong with that. When people think of their fondest Battlefield memories, they remember multiplayer moments.
However, I’ve still always enjoyed playing through the Battlefield singleplayer campaigns. That’s why it’s nice to see that Battlefield 1 will have at least some singleplayer component.
The game’s lead designer, Danny Berlin, recently revealed that the campaign “will more accurately reflect Battlefield’s open sandboxes.” So instead of an on-the-rails Call of Duty-style experience, you might have multiple options in front of you.
The campaign will also feel more choices that affect the outcomes of the campaign as well as multiple points of view from the same story.
Battlefield 1’s multiplayer battles will take place across land, air, and sea. Like most previous Battlefield games, battles will involve 64 players. DICE has confirmed that the game will have a variety of new and classic modes from which to play.
Other improvements to multiplayer battles include the squad system, letting you and others jump between servers and continue playing as a squad without having to break up. So if you’re with a group of buddies who are just dominating a server, you can take that camaraderie to another server.
Danny Berlin has also confirmed that the PC version will have a server browser, although he didn’t rule out a server browser for console versions as well.
We know that Battlefield 1 players will get to experience an arsenal of authentic weapons and vehicles – including weapons like bolt-action rifles, automatic rifles, semi-automatic rifles, flamethrowers, and artillery, and much more.
In fact, there’s even a fully-fledged hand-to-hand combat system in the game to reflect the closeness of trench warfare.
In terms of vehicles, there will be a number of single-person and multi-person vehicles available, including biplanes, planes, motorcycles, tanks, jeeps, naval vessels, triplanes, heavy tanks, armored trucks, and horses. Yes, horses.
Zeppelins have appeared in early-game footage, but DICE has not yet explained which role they’ll play in the game – if any.
Battlefield 1 is scheduled for release on October 21 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. That’s going to be a rough day for gamers everywhere (and worldwide productivity), as Civilization VI is also being released that same day.