Battlefield 1 Revealed in Launch Trailer

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Battlefield 1 Revealed in Launch Trailer

EA has officially revealed Battlefield 1 - the latest installment of the Battlefield franchise.

So it looks like those leaks we saw earlier were dead-on, as EA games has officially revealed the latest installment in its long-running Battlefield franchise as Battlefield 1. As the odd name may suggest (no, it's not an Xbox One exclusive), this time, we are heading all the way back to World War 1 - a setting that few shooters have tackled in the past. Check out the action in the launch trailer to the right.

Battlefield 1 will feature all of those WW1 goodies, including horses, tanks, motorcycles and biplanes, as well as the war's infamous trench-warfare. It will of course feature era-appropriate weapons, including early-20th-century guns, grenades, poisonous gases, flamethrowers and a variety of melee weapons such as shovels and maces.

It will feature the same 64-player multiplayer battles that series veterans expect, as well as featuring a singleplayer campaign that will allow players to experience "global conflict through the eyes of several different characters all united by this first modern war."

The game will launch on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on Oct. 21, 2016, worldwide and will come in three flavors: a standard edition for $59.99, an Early Enlister Deluxe Edition for $79.99, and a collector's edition for $219.99. The "Early Enlister" edition comes with the standard early access perks, as well as some extra downloadable goodies, while the collector's edition comes with everything you see here:

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Huh. Well, that's a somewhat difficult time period to build a Battlefield game around, at least if they're staying vaguely close to the real thing (which I'm not convinced they'll do from what I've seen in the trailer). But at least it's a fairly fresh ground. It'll at least be interesting to see what they can come up with. I haven't played any BF games since 3, so I might be tempted to buy one again, if it actually looks and feels like a new game.

What happened to the good old BF 1942 main theme?

That edgy and cool version of Seven Nation Army kinda killed the trailer for me. :(

bificommander:
I haven't played any BF games since 3, so I might be tempted to buy one again, if it actually looks and feels like a new game.

Right? Haven't stuff like this in a long time.

OT: I give major kudos to DICE for even considering this, and a grudging nod to EA for allowing them to do this. I just studied up on WWI, and I am pretty excited to see how they deal with the trench warfare problem. And hey, we could actually get a non-shit campaign!

Man, I'm actually really excited.

The boner is so strong with this one I might consider buying an EA game again.

Imre Csete:
What happened to the good old BF 1942 main theme?

DICE forgot it exists.

That edgy and cool version of Seven Nation Army kinda killed the trailer for me. :(

Heresy! But that might be because I've been a fan of The Glitch Mob's version long before the trailer.

Imre Csete:
What happened to the good old BF 1942 main theme?

That edgy and cool version of Seven Nation Army kinda killed the trailer for me. :(

I actually thought of that too, I didn't quite like the music and I'm not too picky.

But I'm sure in the actual game we'll have the classic Battlefield theme back.

I am not a fan. I know it's only fiction, but The Great War is a sticking point for me, and the trailer's glorification of "epic" battles makes me really uncomfortable on a moral standpoint. By all means, make your game, but I really don't feel comfortable with any of this.

This isn't april fools day EA cut it out!.. Oh god they're serious.

Well there goes my hopes of a proper AAA World War One game ever happening. EA killed the possibility by making a battlefield skin of it.

The tonal dissonance is strong with this one. A serious question though, for anyone who has reputable knowledge, how many, if any (I luv commas) African men distinguished themselves during the "great war" and in what theater? Interior crocodile alligator, I drive a Chevrolet movie the'ator, oh God. What thirty hours of wakefulness will do with your inhibitions.

Why is it I get the feeling that it's going to feel like the same battlefield game with a new coat of paint?

Also, am I the only one a little tired of everything being treated like an action blockbuster? It's the First World War. Make it fucking gritty, dirty and brutal. Show us hundreds of men dying in a pointless charge and choking to death on gas.

No, fuck that, we need more action movie shlock.

Saulkar:
The tonal dissonance is strong with this one. A serious question though, for anyone who has reputable knowledge, how many, if any (I luv commas) African men distinguished themselves during the "great war" and in what theater?

The French did recruit troops from their African colonies and they did see action against the Germans on the Western Front. The Germans themselves largely used African colonial troops for General Paul von Lettow-Vorbek's campaign of causing a nuisance for the British in East Africa that lasted the entire war. If you're talking African-American, then you'd have a much harder time finding one, the only one I can think of is a pilot that flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, as squadron made up of Americans that flew for the French Air Force before the USA officially entered the war in 1917.

Two things.

1) So it looks promising--for a pure CGI trailer with perhaps a few seconds of gameplay. But! I'm still interested. I wonder if they're going to make melee are real part of this, because yeah, once you got into an enemy trench, things got very up close and personal. I will have to keep my eye on this for sure.

2) Is the statue guy black? I can't really tell if it's the lighting or what, but if he's really black, that is pretty cool.

Supernova1138:

Saulkar:
The tonal dissonance is strong with this one. A serious question though, for anyone who has reputable knowledge, how many, if any (I luv commas) African men distinguished themselves during the "great war" and in what theater?

The French did recruit troops from their African colonies and they did see action against the Germans on the Western Front. The Germans themselves largely used African colonial troops for General Paul von Lettow-Vorbek's campaign of causing a nuisance for the British in East Africa that lasted the entire war. If you're talking African-American, then you'd have a much harder time finding one, the only one I can think of is a pilot that flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, as squadron made up of Americans that flew for the French Air Force before the USA officially entered the war in 1917.

Ah, some good information in there. I am actually surprised by das Germans using African soldiers back then, it just never crossed my mind. Were they recruited via normal means, paid, treated respectfully, etc?

Saulkar:

Supernova1138:

Saulkar:
The tonal dissonance is strong with this one. A serious question though, for anyone who has reputable knowledge, how many, if any (I luv commas) African men distinguished themselves during the "great war" and in what theater?

The French did recruit troops from their African colonies and they did see action against the Germans on the Western Front. The Germans themselves largely used African colonial troops for General Paul von Lettow-Vorbek's campaign of causing a nuisance for the British in East Africa that lasted the entire war. If you're talking African-American, then you'd have a much harder time finding one, the only one I can think of is a pilot that flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, as squadron made up of Americans that flew for the French Air Force before the USA officially entered the war in 1917.

Ah, some good information in there. I am actually surprised by das Germans using African soldiers back then, it just never crossed my mind. Were they recruited via normal means, paid, treated respectfully, etc?

From my understanding the Germans treated the soldiers they recruited relatively well eg. they were paid and didn't get horribly abused, the local civilians that they press ganged into running their logistics train in East Africa (carrying the army's supplies around) on the other hand, not so much, they weren't paid and suffered pretty heavy casualties due to exhaustion and not getting enough food and water.

Um, guys?

I just felt interested and intrigued by a Battlefield game for the first time in six years or so.

Should I see a doctor?

Trailer was a bit... frenetic though. Calm down with the scene switches guys.

bificommander:
Huh. Well, that's a somewhat difficult time period to build a Battlefield game around, at least if they're staying vaguely close to the real thing (which I'm not convinced they'll do from what I've seen in the trailer).

What makes you say that? Battlefield 1942 had more variety in it by far than any other Battlefield game, and all the elements that made 1942 great were also around in WW1.

Plus Zeppelins. So y'know... there's that too.

Zhukov:
Um, guys?

I just felt interested and intrigued by a Battlefield game for the first time in six years or so.

Should I see a doctor?

Trailer was a bit... frenetic though. Calm down with the scene switches guys.

Same way I felt. Except in my case it's more like eleven years.

Still, if it's half as fun as Codename Eagle was, we're in for a treat.


Codename Eagle being -as everybody should know- the title that the Battlefield team made before the first Battlefield game.

So, I guess in the showdown of MMS games this week, Call of Duty promised infinite warfare, but Battlefield "1."

(Disclaimer that this isn't my own joke, nor do I necessarily agree, but god damn it needs more attention. Puns FTW!)

Having looked at the trailer a few times now I really appreciate the diversity of terrain. Sure there's the Western front with its horrible trenches, but I also see snowy mountains and men in khaki wearing brazier helmets, so that means its probably the Italian front. I can't remember a single game that has ever shown the Italian front of WW1 in the alps before. The Western Front, The Alps, Tannenburg, Arabia... That's already some pretty nice variety.

Also about the African(-american?) man statuette and cover art. I'm not entirely sure what nation he's supposed to represent. Sure almost every European power had men from across their empires come over to fight their battles for them. Heck, even Belgium did. He seems to be wearing American puttees though. So he might be a bit like Freddy from "Valiant Hearts: The Great War"; just some random american volunteer in some army way before the US entered the war, months before it ends.

Can I finally play on the German side without being too much of an asshole? Trailer looks juicy.

Nice to see some of the more dynamic parts of the war getting coverage. Arabia, the Eastern Front, maybe Turkey. Not everything was trench warfare and stalemates, and those trench battles were often a lot more dynamic than is commonly depicted in media.

Unfortunately, we have ingrained in our collective mind that every battle of WW1 was a bunch of people charging over a trench, getting immediately killed, and then the other side repeating it until tanks were invented. There was a lot more to the war, in urban warfare and cavalry charges and beach assaults and fairly fluid modern warfare in some areas. Those Trench battles weren't always immediately slaughter either. Often, they penetrated the first few trenches and entered hand to hand combat before a counterattack pushed the assault back. It's the Lions led by Donkeys thing. Not true, but it makes a good story.

Now, obviously it's fucking Battlefield and everything will become a Hollywood movie in game form, but this may do a lot to combat a lot of misconceptions that many people have if only by exposing people to the other parts of the war.

Ftaghn To You Too:
Nice to see some of the more dynamic parts of the war getting coverage. Arabia, the Eastern Front, maybe Turkey. Not everything was trench warfare and stalemates, and those trench battles were often a lot more dynamic than is commonly depicted in media.

Unfortunately, we have ingrained in our collective mind that every battle of WW1 was a bunch of people charging over a trench, getting immediately killed, and then the other side repeating it until tanks were invented. There was a lot more to the war, in urban warfare and cavalry charges and beach assaults and fairly fluid modern warfare in some areas. Those Trench battles weren't always immediately slaughter either. Often, they penetrated the first few trenches and entered hand to hand combat before a counterattack pushed the assault back. It's the Lions led by Donkeys thing. Not true, but it makes a good story.

Now, obviously it's fucking Battlefield and everything will become a Hollywood movie in game form, but this may do a lot to combat a lot of misconceptions that many people have if only by exposing people to the other parts of the war.

Couldn't agree more. It frustrated me no end when the WW1 rumours first appeared and people thought it would merely be 'digging trenches for XP'. They had no idea how much raw potential WW1 has for a battlefield game:

The opening of the war was highly mobile. Troops rushing across the countryside in a series of flanking attempts, eventually became the 'race to the sea' which laid down the initial front lines.

On the Eastern Front, the Russians fought the Central Powers in prolonged and highly mobile actions making use of a lot of horse bound cavalry. That entire front never bogged down into the trench system as much as in the west. A similar situation happened in the Middle East, with horse and even Camel cavalry rushing around shooting and bayonetting the hell out of each other.

Out to sea, the submarine and modern battleship came of age. This was the first war that truly revealed the horror and potential of submarine warfare. Battleships pounded shores and enemy ships, the battle of Jutland probably being the biggest fleet on fleet clash.

Also coming of age was the Warplane. Powered aviation was barely a decade old at the start of the war and yet by 1918 fighters tore across the sky in colossally huge dogfights and bombing raids. Huge bombers like the Gotha V and Caproni Ca.3 were themselves dwarfed by giant airships that roamed the skies, dropping bombs as far as London.

Of great importance to the war was Artillery. Careful mapping, spotting and aiming of bigger and bigger guns during the war caused immense damage to the enemy. And no satellite view to make it easy here- just raw, manual skill.

The Dardanelles campaign was an amphibious assault, like a mini Operation Overlord, to knock Turkey out of the war. Beach landings, hill fighting, sniping, mounted guns, you name it.

Austria-Hungary and Italy clashed along their border in the high-alpine Dolomites, over 2000m above sea level in bitter cold mountain peaks and ravines, with the threat of avalanches looming with every gunshot.

The Australians even mounted a campaign to knock out German bases in Papua New Guinea. Bam: Jungle warfare right there.

For crying out loud, the British even mounted commando operations, like the Zeebrugge raid on U-boat docks in the dead of night.

Spies. Tanks. Flamethrowers, Poison gas. Aircraft Carriers. Big Bertha. Rail guns. Tunnel warfare. Mines. It goes on and on and on.

All of these elements can translate to a Battlefield game. They could be incorporated to provide a Battlefield game with equal or greater variety than any previous game in the series.

Consider me well and truly aboard the hype train.

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Squilookle:

Consider me well and truly aboard the hype train.

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THAT'S the hype train?

...bloody hell, I should get hyped more often. 0_0

Saulkar:

Supernova1138:

Saulkar:
The tonal dissonance is strong with this one. A serious question though, for anyone who has reputable knowledge, how many, if any (I luv commas) African men distinguished themselves during the "great war" and in what theater?

The French did recruit troops from their African colonies and they did see action against the Germans on the Western Front. The Germans themselves largely used African colonial troops for General Paul von Lettow-Vorbek's campaign of causing a nuisance for the British in East Africa that lasted the entire war. If you're talking African-American, then you'd have a much harder time finding one, the only one I can think of is a pilot that flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, as squadron made up of Americans that flew for the French Air Force before the USA officially entered the war in 1917.

Ah, some good information in there. I am actually surprised by das Germans using African soldiers back then, it just never crossed my mind. Were they recruited via normal means, paid, treated respectfully, etc?

Maybe that's a reference to Jaroslav Hasek's Good Soldier Svejk novel? There was a passage in it about a Czech black guy who might have been drafted to serve in the Austrian-Hungarian army. I'll quote this passage, it's quite funny:

"'This cross-breeding,' observed ?vejk, 'is a very interesting matter altogether. In Prague there is a negro waiter called Kristi?n, whose father was an Abyssinian king and who had himself exhibited in a circus at ?tvanice in Prague. A schoolmistress who used to write verses in Lada about shepherds and a forest brook went with him to a hotel and fornicated with him, as it says in the Holy Scripture, and she was awfully surprised when she gave birth to a little boy who was completely white. All right, but after a fortnight the little boy began to get brown. He got browner and browner and then after a month he began to get black. Within half a year he was as black as his grandfather, the Abyssinian king. She went with him to the clinic for skin diseases in the hope that they'd be able to bleach him somehow, but there they told her that it was a real black nigger skin and there wras nothing to be done. This drove her off her head; she began to write to the magazines for advice on what to do against niggers, and they took her away to Kateřinky (a mental clinic in Prague) and put the little nigger boy in an orphanage, where they had an awful lot of fun with him. Then he learned to be a waiter and went dancing in night clubs. Today there are Czech mulattoes who have been successfully bred from him and are not as coloured as he was. A medico who used to go to The Chalice (a pub in Prague) once told us that it's not quite as simple as all that. A half-breed like that brings half-breeds into the world again and they can't be distinguished from white people. But suddenly in a later generation a negro turns up. Imagine the catastrophe! You might get married to a young lady. The filly is quite white and suddenly she gives birth to a negro baby. And if before her ninth month she went without you to the Variety Theatre to watch wrestling where a negro was performing, I think the whole thing would give you something to think about.'

'The case of your negro, Kristi?n,' said the volunteer, 'has to be looked at from a war point of view too. Let's suppose they called that negro up. He's from Prague and so he comes under the 28th regiment. But you've heard how the 28th regiment went over to the Russians. How surprised the Russians would be if they found they had taken the negro Kristi?n prisoner. The Russian newspapers would certainly write that Austria was driving into the war the colonial troops she hasn't got and was already drawing on her nigger reserves.'"

You know why I'm excited?

No UAV bullshit. No thermal sight nonsense. No assault rifle spam. The list goes on. So hopefully this'll feel very differently in terms of gameplay compared to the previous few Battlefield games.

So yeah I'm actually kind of excited. As long as they treat the singleplayer with respect and don't turn it into a blockbuster. Then again that really shouldn't happen with any war.

Soviet Heavy:
I am not a fan. I know it's only fiction, but The Great War is a sticking point for me, and the trailer's glorification of "epic" battles makes me really uncomfortable on a moral standpoint. By all means, make your game, but I really don't feel comfortable with any of this.

Here is the thing I realized about war in general and how the human experiance reflects it.

Sometimes war can feel, EPIC, WITH BATTLES FOUGHT WITH GLORIOUS VALOR:

But other times war can be terrible, ugly, depressing, and sorrowful:

Samtemdo8:

Sometimes war can feel, EPIC, WITH BATTLES FOUGHT WITH GLORIOUS VALOR:

Speaking of Lawrence of Arabia, he's apparently in the game.

At least, there is Multiplayer DLC themed after him.

Lets see whether the imperialists will forget the Balkan states in WW1. They managed to get the POC in, that is great, but... forgetting *US* would be downright moronic.

The infuriatingly long overlooked First World War taking centre stage?

A significant variety of enviroments, showing the development team understand that the Great War did not take place entirely in Flanders?

Terrifying, awesome gas-masked German soldiers bludgeoning everyone to death with trench-clubs and entrenching tools?

Fucking. Sold.

I have wanted a WW1 FPS for a long long time. Why did it have to be EA and Battlefield...

DeepReaver:
I have wanted a WW1 FPS for a long long time. Why did it have to be EA and Battlefield...

There's always Verdun.

Can the first level of the campaign be trying to assassinate the Archduke? I do actually think that could be a good intro level, getting to fire the shot that started the whole thing, the starter pistol for The Great War.

Supernova1138:

Saulkar:

Supernova1138:

The French did recruit troops from their African colonies and they did see action against the Germans on the Western Front. The Germans themselves largely used African colonial troops for General Paul von Lettow-Vorbek's campaign of causing a nuisance for the British in East Africa that lasted the entire war. If you're talking African-American, then you'd have a much harder time finding one, the only one I can think of is a pilot that flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, as squadron made up of Americans that flew for the French Air Force before the USA officially entered the war in 1917.

Ah, some good information in there. I am actually surprised by das Germans using African soldiers back then, it just never crossed my mind. Were they recruited via normal means, paid, treated respectfully, etc?

From my understanding the Germans treated the soldiers they recruited relatively well eg. they were paid and didn't get horribly abused, the local civilians that they press ganged into running their logistics train in East Africa (carrying the army's supplies around) on the other hand, not so much, they weren't paid and suffered pretty heavy casualties due to exhaustion and not getting enough food and water.

The uniform he is wearing is British; however, Black British subjects who resided in the UK did volunteer and were conscripted into the British Army, and fought alongside their white compatriots, and there were even a few non-white officers in the British Army (Walter Tull being the most famous, but there was also Hardit Malik, and a few others). This excludes those who were in "Colonial" Armies, so to speak - the Indian Army, and black West Indian's (though the latter weren't used as infantry - more behind the lines stuff), and the variety of labour corps - Chinese, Egyptian, Indian

They actually named it "Battlefield 1" they ACTUALLY NAMED IT THAT? Excuse me I need to go apply to EA as a naming guy because the pile of moldy rocks and used kleenex they currently have employed in that department need to be replaced.

The Russian campaign needs to feature the Russians killing Germans, getting bored of killing Germans, going home and then killing some Russians.

So are they going to develop a melee combat system to pair with it? There seems to be a bit of a focus on the face wrecking in the video.

Oh, and they should definitely have a brain and put a bit of an anti-war message in it. God, WWI was a fucking stupid big war.

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