Last night, EA and DICE revealed Battlefield 1 to the world. Many of us expected Battlefield 5, but for some time, there were rumours of a World War 1 setting, and it happened to ring true. We all saw the trailer, we all felt our jaw dropping, and then we wondered about the possible weaponry that would be available to us.
Take the battle from the scenic Italian coast to the scorching Arabian deserts. Discover classic Battlefield gameplay through an adventure-filled campaign, or squad up and join epic multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Battle across land, sea and air with 1915-1918 era weapons and machinery in breathtaking locations.
“You look into the distance and see planes torn apart by gunfire, their debris raining down over London. In war-torn France to the east, horrible armored tanks tear holes in walls as they roll through crumbling cities. To the south, past the burning Italian coast, men charge over the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert, armed to the teeth with the most powerful weaponry the world has ever seen. This is what the dawn of all-out war looks like, and it’s Only in Battlefield 1.”
We won’t get to see the game in action until June 12th, during the EA Play events in Los Angeles and London, when gameplay footage will be demonstrated to the world. Battlefield 1 is set to release on October 21st, but a special edition will allow you to play it three days earlier. An open beta will also be available to play, which you can sign up for by visiting EA Insider. EA Access members will also gain early access ahead of the game’s launch.
World War I in which the game is set, also known as the First World War, or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that began on 28th of July 1914 and lasted until the 11th of November 1918. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history.
“Much of the combat involved trench warfare, in which hundreds often died for each yard gained. Many of the deadliest battles in history occurred during World War I. Such battles include Ypres, the Marne, Cambrai, the Somme, Verdun, and Gallipoli. The Germans employed the Haber process of nitrogen fixation to provide their forces with a constant supply of gunpowder despite the British naval blockade. Artillery was responsible for the largest number of casualties and consumed vast quantities of explosives. The large number of head wounds caused by exploding shells and fragmentation forced the combatant nations to develop the modern steel helmet, led by the French, who introduced the Adrian helmet in 1915. It was quickly followed by the Brodie helmet, worn by British Imperial and US troops, and in 1916 by the distinctive German Stahlhelm, a design, with improvements, still in use today,” reads the ever informative Wikipedia.
The Weapons of World War 1
While it’s easy to quickly dismiss the weapons used in World War 1, with preferences towards automatic weaponry found in World War 2 and in the modern era, the variety of weapons used in the Great War is still vast, and shouldn’t be discounted.
- Machine guns
- Poison Gas
There was also an exhaustive list of vehicles including tanks, as well as horse ridden cavalry. So much technology was being used for the first time, that it would almost be entertaining to compare it to a game of Civilization with one faction moving into a new era while the rest were left behind. One particular tank design used was actually based on a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci.
The variety of aircraft is also interesting, from small wooden shelled planes that could fly at 100mph to massive German bombers which could carry huge payloads. The increase in technological advancement in such a short space of time (4 years) is hard to comprehend.
Believe it or not, submarines also played a part in World War 1, but we have yet to see if they will be available in Battlefield 1. The game certainly looks exciting and promising and we can’t wait to see more in the near future. At a time when First Person Shooters have been shifting into the fictional future of warfare, it’s refreshing to be able to step back into the past and witness the beginning of modern warfare.