EA Studios boss, Patrick Söderlund admitted yesterday during an EA Investor Day briefing that when first approached about a World War 1 setting for the next Battlefield title, he rejected the idea. Yet DICE continued to harass him until he was swayed.
“When the team presented to me the idea of World War 1 I absolutely rejected it. I said ‘World War 1 is a trench war, it can’t be fun to play’.
“The team continued and persisted in the fact that this can be fun, and showed up with a very short demo that convinced me at least that this was the right path. The good news is whenever you take creative risks and it works, you actually can get to substantial success.”
As you may have noticed by the online reaction of the game’s reveal, and the comparison between it and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, it’s safe to say that fans are eager to experience it themselves.
“I think that the World War 1 theme is resonating with players out there”, Söderlund continued. “I think we have done something that will be right for the franchise and right for EA [but] we have to remember that so far we’ve only shown one trailer, and yes it’s gotten a lot of success, but what’s important is now we have to go back and make sure we deliver on the full promise of what Battlefield can be – and that we will do.”
Well I certainly look forward to seeing more of Battlefield 1, and I’m also interested to see what Activision and Infinity Ward have up their sleeve other than Modern Warfare Remastered to retain what seems like a ship-jumping fan base.
Battlefield 1 is due for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 21st. Expect to see gameplay in action at E3 next month.