Battlefield 1 is an upcoming World War I first-person shooter video game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. It is the fourteenth installment in the Battlefield franchise. The game is scheduled to be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on October 21, 2016.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Similar to the previous entries in the series, Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter. It is set in the period of World War I, and will be inspired by historical events. Players can make use of World War I weapons, including bolt-action rifles, automatic and semi-automatic rifles, artillery, flamethrowers, and mustard gas to kill opponents. Melee combat was reworked, with DICE introducing new melee weapons such as sabres, trench clubs, and shovels into the game. These melee weapons were divided into two groups: heavy and light. Players can also take control of various armored vehicles, including light and heavy tanks, armored trucks, biplane aircraft, and battleships, as well as ride horses into battle. Destructible environments and weapon customization, features present in the previous games, will return in Battlefield 1.
According to the game's designer, Daniel Berlin, the campaign mode will have larger and more open environments than those in previous installments in the franchise, with more options and choices in terms of paths to completing levels and how to approach combat. Players will control several characters in the campaign.
The game's multiplayer will support up to 64 players. The new squad system allows a group of players to enter and leave game servers together. According to Berlin, playing without joining a squad will make gameplay significantly more difficult. Multiplayer maps will be based on locations around the world, including Arabia, the Western Front, and the Alps.
Development[edit | edit source]
According to Berlin, the team picked World War I as the game's setting as they believed that the weapons and gadgets featured in that period of time suits players with different playstyles. The game was named Battlefield 1, since the team considered World War I "the dawn of all-out warfare". Melee weapons were reworked so as to introduce more depth to the system. According to creative director Lars Gustavsson, the setting was a concept for a very long time, and it had been the "dream" for the team to create a game based on that period. According to Berlin, gameplay was the most important aspect when they were developing the game, and he promised that it will not be slowed down due to the game's historical setting. The story of the game will be told through multiple protagonists, and will explore the stories of unknown war heroes.
In June 2015, DICE revealed that they were working on an unannounced game. In January 2016, EA announced that Titanfall 2, Mass Effect: Andromeda and an unannounced video game set in the Battlefield universe would be released prior to the end of the company's fiscal year. Both the title, the game's release date, and the plot of the game were leaked prior to the official announcement on May 6, 2016. The game was officially unveiled on that day through a livestream on Twitch, showcasing a reveal trailer of the game featuring The Glitch Mob remix of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army". The game's Collector's Edition includes items such as a statue of a Harlem Hell Fighter, a code for an unannounced downloadable content, and a Steelbook case. Pre-order bonuses include early access to a DLC map, and the Harlem Hellfighter Pack. The Deluxe Edition includes the pre-order bonuses, as well as three days early access to the game, the Red Baron Pack, the Lawrence of Arabia Pack, and 5 Battlepacks. An open beta is planned to ensure that major technical bugs, glitches and crashes can be patched prior to the game's official launch. Battlefield 1 is set to be released worldwide on October 21, 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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