During EA’s recently Battlefield 1 debut, DICE design director Lars Gustavsson, DICE senior producer Aleksander Grøndal, and professional YouTuber Westie took the stage to talk about the newly announced WWI shooter. Here are the most relevant details from their talk.
- There were rumors about this Battlefield 1 being an alternate history take on WWI, but that is not the case. The game will be set during WWI, which DICE describes as the “dawn of all out war.”
- Battlefield hallmarks like 64-players, artillery, weapon customization, and destructibility are all back.
- The single player campaign will be a globetrotting experience that takes players around the world. During both multiplayer and single-player campaign, you’ll battle on the iconic western front as well as lesser known locales such as inside fortresses along the alps or across the deserts of Arabia.
- We’ll see an impressive degree of vehicular variety, including boats, tanks that each control differently, biplanes, horses, and bombers. Some of the all-terrain vehicles are some of the largest in the series; the team even said that an entire squad can fit into some of the bigger tanks. The team didn’t want to confirm that you could ride horses, but they did repeatedly call them vehicles.
- While, Battlefield 1 remains a shooter, DICE has added an increased focus on close-quarters combat, meaning players will have more physicality and a wide variety of weapons such as bayonets, trench maces, flamethrowers, shovels, and mustard gas.
Battlefield 1 is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 21, but those who pre-order the game can start playing on October 19. Read the announcement story here.