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EA Announces Battlefield 1 With First Details

by Mike Futter on May 06, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Update 3: EA and DICE have officially announced Battlefield 1 after the game's title and setting leaked this morning. We have a few details up front, though we'll have to wait a bit for more information.

The World War I setting is confirmed, though reports of this being an alternate history are completely inaccurate according to DICE. Battlefield 1 will feature a full campaign, though details are vague beyond its existence.

As expected, the setting will give EA and DICE a push toward trench warfare, though vehicles will, of course, return. This time out, the multiplayer will feature specific classes for vehicles, including pilots and tank drivers.

Battlefield 1 will be out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 21. The date mentioned in the poster below refers to EA and Origin Access early play time that begins on October 18. 

Update 2Another shot of materials includes what may very well be the release date for the game. If accurate, the next Battlefield is launching on October 18. Additionally, as managing editor Matt Bertz pointed out to me when the keyart first appeared, the Harlem Hellfighters (mentioned on one of the posters and officially known as the 369th Infantry Division) is connected to the game. The regiment consisted of African Americans and worked closely with the French during the war.

Update 1And another leak gives us what seems to be the name: Battlefield 1. That's stylized as the number and not the roman numeral, as soon in what appears to be a retail poster bearing the same art shared to Reddit.

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Original Story (May 6, 2016 @ 10:09 a.m. Central): EA and DICE are getting ready to reveal their next Battlefield game later today, but Microsoft seems intent on spoiling the party. On Xbox One right now, you can see a tile promoting the live reveal with art that clearly points to a World War I setting.

While the mauser in the character’s hand isn’t a giveaway (it was in use from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s), the spiked club in his other is a tell. That’s a trench mace that was in use during the first world war.

The setting was rumored earlier this year, but we’ll learn more later today when the game is revealed. We had some thoughts about a Battlefield game set in World War I, which you can read here.


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