Leaks May Reveal New Battlefield Title as World War I Shooter

Leaks May Reveal New Battlefield Title as World War I Shooter

A leaked ad and promo poster may have revealed the name and setting of the next Battlefield game.

The reveal of the new Battlefield game isn't until 4 PM ET today, but thanks to an ad on the Xbox One dashboard (spotted on Reddit), we might already have an idea of the game's setting.

How does World War I sound to you?

bf5-leak-650

If you take a look at the image above, you'll see a man holding a pistol that at least appears similar to the Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" pistol. In his other hand, there's what looks like a spike trench club. Behind him in the sky is what appears to be a zeppelin.

There were rumors earlier this year that the game would be an alternate history tactical shooter set in World War I, after a Swiss retailer listed it as such.

A second image posted on Reddit shows off a promotional poster that was leaked today. It shows the same image as above, and carries the title, Battlefield 1. Looks like that tweet from earlier was just smoke and mirrors.

The poster also mentions a pre-order bonus that looks like "infantry regiment." You can also make out a release date that is likely October 18, 2016. While it could also be Nov. 8, 2016, it's doubtful EA would roll the newest Battlefield out the door just four days after the new Call of Duty launches.

An alternate history WWI shooter would be a big departure for the series that has largely claimed to focus on "realism." We'll find out for sure in a few hours.

bf-1-poster

Permalink

That's...actually a pretty interesting idea, if this turns out to be accurate. I'd probably want to know more information, so it did get my interest a little. Considering my apathy for FPS in general, that's really saying something.

Don't see why it has to be alternate history, it's not really a well explored era in games anyway, much less on the involvement of black soldiers during WW1 which the poster seems to imply. And there were plenty, although initially many commanders didn't like having soldiers of color fighting alongside white troops the loss of life was so great they eventually didn't have much of a choice. I think it'd be a fascinating thing to look at, but I think any kind of alternate history story is just going to add a lot of distraction.

Interesting that they would go so far in the opposite direction that CoD seems to be going

Either way I'm interested in this, WW1 is a criminally underused setting in games

GothmogII:
Don't see why it has to be alternate history, it's not really a well explored era in games anyway, much less on the involvement of black soldiers during WW1 which the poster seems to imply. And there were plenty, although initially many commanders didn't like having soldiers of color fighting alongside white troops the loss of life was so great they eventually didn't have much of a choice. I think it'd be a fascinating thing to look at, but I think any kind of alternate history story is just going to add a lot of distraction.

They'd want to do alternate history for gameplay reasons, mainly to allow for more automatic weapons. A historically accurate WWI game would be very slow paced compared to your typical modern military shooter as other than a small selection of light machine guns and a single SMG that showed up at the very end of the war, your weapon selection is limited to bolt action rifles, pistols and shotguns.

I won't lie; if its a WWI shooter, even an Alt history one, I'll probably pass.

While WWII was interesting enough, not much about even an alt-history WWI lends itself well to an MP shooter like Battlefield. That, and modern/future Battlefields are interesting enough; after all Battlefield 2143 is one of the Battlefield community's most requested items.

It's a pretty interesting idea, even though I've no idea how they're going to pull it off.

Also, I'm getting rather sick of that whole blue-orange color scheme for the Battlefield game covers, especially when this is supposed to be an WWI-inspired game. Is it too much to ask to have some different colors for a change?

If its WW1, 2 or anything other than modern or future warfare im gonna play the shit outta it! i prefer those kinda games to all the new techno gadgetry stuff going on in all the new games. i preferred when you had to get the enemy in your sights to shoot him rather than click on the enemy on the map to kill him.

I applaud them for trying to be somewhat original. But they did that with Hardline and that was a total piece of shit. So I won't be getting myself all excited about this yet, waiting for reviews.

... Of course considering if any of this is true.

This might be enough to make me pick up the game. I've only ever played Battlefield...3 I think? The one where they finally introduced a single player campaign. And "abysmal" doesn't begin to cover it. So I stayed away from the series after that. But this? This could be good.

Sniper Team 4:
This might be enough to make me pick up the game. I've only ever played Battlefield...3 I think? The one where they finally introduced a single player campaign. And "abysmal" doesn't begin to cover it. So I stayed away from the series after that. But this? This could be good.

They introduced single player capaigns in Bad Company. And Bad Company, and Bad Company 2 both had really good campaigns with fun characters and a focus on blowing shit up because let's blow shit up.

OT: Interesting, interesting, do tell me more....

The White Hunter:

Sniper Team 4:
This might be enough to make me pick up the game. I've only ever played Battlefield...3 I think? The one where they finally introduced a single player campaign. And "abysmal" doesn't begin to cover it. So I stayed away from the series after that. But this? This could be good.

They introduced single player capaigns in Bad Company. And Bad Company, and Bad Company 2 both had really good campaigns with fun characters and a focus on blowing shit up because let's blow shit up.

OT: Interesting, interesting, do tell me more....

I never really count those because they weren't part of the main series--as in, no number. I have heard good things about both of them though, and wish they'd put that type of effort into 3's story.

Well...holy shit. DICE have always excelled at trailers, I'll give them that.

Sniper Team 4:

The White Hunter:

Sniper Team 4:
This might be enough to make me pick up the game. I've only ever played Battlefield...3 I think? The one where they finally introduced a single player campaign. And "abysmal" doesn't begin to cover it. So I stayed away from the series after that. But this? This could be good.

They introduced single player capaigns in Bad Company. And Bad Company, and Bad Company 2 both had really good campaigns with fun characters and a focus on blowing shit up because let's blow shit up.

OT: Interesting, interesting, do tell me more....

I never really count those because they weren't part of the main series--as in, no number. I have heard good things about both of them though, and wish they'd put that type of effort into 3's story.

Hmm well, they introduced a few things that became staples of the series and were a lot of peoples introduction to the franchise.

Both are well worth a play through of the campaign, though 2's is more linear and focused, and a bit shorter, 2 also had by far the best multiplayer the series has ever had in my opinion. 3's campaign was shit, I barely remember it, the co-op mode as fun but under-developed, multiplayer was okay most of the maps sucked ass. 4 was better campaign-wise, I remember a few bits of it for a start, the loss of co-op made me sad, but the original multiplayer stuff was pretty solid, much better maps and such than 3, then they had to go bring back Operation Metro and BAM every server is a metro 3000 flag meatgrinder.

I'm just going to say this, if "The Battle of Jutland" is not included I am going to be pissed. That was the largest naval engagement of the war.

I know a lot of people are super excited for a WW2 game, and whilst WW1 is quite similar, I was really hoping for a future game, which is apparently what a lot of people didn't want.

Oh well, at least it looks about as pretty as Battlefront does.

Yuuki:
Well...holy shit. DICE have always excelled at trailers, I'll give them that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7nRTF2SowQ

Aside from that horrendous song, that was a good trailer. I wonder if there's a level based on Beersheba......

Gordon_4:

Yuuki:
Well...holy shit. DICE have always excelled at trailers, I'll give them that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7nRTF2SowQ

Aside from that horrendous song, that was a good trailer. I wonder if there's a level based on Beersheba......

They should have asked Sabaton to write one. Skip to 1:25

I was very excited until the speculation of it being alternate history. Why alternate? Word War 1 is barely covered in games as it is. Not only that, but having listened to a podcast that covered World War 1 history it already sounds incredibly interesting.

Yuuki:
Well...holy shit. DICE have always excelled at trailers, I'll give them that.

Fixed.

And eh. Oh my. Oh my. Shit I might even be able to play it with my new computer, though it's no powerhouse. I definitely want to try this though. Because oh my.

Am I the only one who thinks that name is absolutely awful?

Anywho, this looks rather interesting. I always wondered how an official WWI battlefield game would work. Unfortunately, I have lost a lot of faith in DICE these past years, so I won't be buying this until the reviews start coming in; but I really hope this ends up being good.

Yuuki:
Well...holy shit. DICE have always excelled at trailers, I'll give them that.

Wow. You weren't kidding. That looks incredible. I can only hope their design team is half as good as their marketing director.

Few points:

1. What the fuck is he wearing?
2. He looks like a modern bodybuilder, not a typical period soldier.
3. They are gonna shoehorn in Standard FPS guns™, aren't they? *Sigh.*
4. The nature of WWI combat makes it more suited for slower paced story driven game. Maybe even an RPG? Fast paced multiplayer FPS seems like a waste. It will just play like any modern FPS with a different skin.
5. I think I saw a dude running and shooting a Lewis gun in the trailer. Fuck you.

Major_Tom:
Few points:

1. What the fuck is he wearing?

The bloke on the cover? British 1902 pattern service dress, with 1908 equipment, small box respirator, and the 1917 pattern groundsheet/raincape. He does have a non-regulation holster, and is carrying (presumably captured) German weapons (broomhandle mauser and MP18). He would get a stern talking to at any re-enactment event where I was in command, for proliferation of non regulation and captured equipment, but it's not actually inaccurate.

Major_Tom:
2. He looks like a modern bodybuilder, not a typical period soldier.

Agreed - though there were beefy chaps, they tended to be beefier in a different way (look at compare Jack Johnson and Tyson Fury)[/quote]

Major_Tom:

3. They are gonna shoehorn in Standard FPS guns™, aren't they? *Sigh.*

Judging by the MP18 (a very rare weapon at the time) on the cover, I feel your fear.

Major_Tom:

4. The nature of WWI combat makes it more suited for slower paced story driven game. Maybe even an RPG? Fast paced multiplayer FPS seems like a waste. It will just play like any modern FPS with a different skin.

Seems like they are focusing on the fastest paced aspects, which is fair enough - WWII shooters tend not to focus on Monte Casino, for example. All wars have their fast paced moments, even WWI.

Major_Tom:
5. I think I saw a dude running and shooting a Lewis gun in the trailer. Fuck you.

That was pretty dumb; along with the speed of tanks (which, in reality, was a max 4mph), and the speed and maneuverability of the 'planes (seriously, they would have lost their wing's rotating that quickly)

Ah,

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here