While Call of Duty heads into the future, Battlefield is going the opposite direction and heading back into the past.
EA and DICE confirmed today that the newest entry in the 14-year-old series will be set during what they're calling "the dawn of all-out war" - World War I. You can check out the first trailer.
In contrast to World War I's reputation for being a slow, blood-soaked trench war, Battlefield 1 features images of tanks crushing trenches, soldiers on horseback, hand-to-hand combat, and intense Red Baron-style dogfights. Though DICE hasn't confirmed a timeframe for when the game will be set, the presence of tanks suggests that it will take place toward the end of the year, when the U.S. became involved and Germany was pushing hard toward Paris.
Some others we've learned today:
- There will be a dedicated Medic class in addition to Scout (Sniper) and Support classes.
- Battlefield 1 will have a large number of vehicles, including horses, multiple types of fighter planes, bombers, tanks, trucks, and even battleships. The juxtaposition between cavalry charges and tank battles should be really interesting.
- There will be a single-player campaign, and it will purportedly star several characters who are trying to make sense of the new and terrifying state of warfare in World War I.
- Melee combat is being overhauled. Rather than just sticking a knife in the back of an opponent's neck, you will be able to use trench knives, clubs, and shovels when fighting in close quarters. There will also be a "bayonet charge" mechanic, which is just as it sounds.
- Battlefield 1 will be emphasizing squad play even more than before. A new persistent squad system will make it easier for you to stick with squadmates that you like and pair up with your friends.
In general, Battlefield 1 looks like a return to basics that the series has sorely needed. In abandoning the modern setting, Battlefield 1 will naturally fall in line with the first games in the series, which were set in World War II. In that sense, Battlefield 1 figures to both be a refreshing return to its roots as well as a fresh and exciting opportunity to explore a setting that hasn't been run into the ground. It will be out on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 on October 21.
So what do you think?