EA and DICE took the wraps of their newest entry in the Battlefield line and showed off an epic trailer for Battlefield 1 using footage of the in-game engine. If the number”1″ in the name seems suspiciously out of place, it’s because this is actually the 5th game in the series. The 1 signifies DICE going back to the roots in a kind of a reboot to jump start the series to better challenge the seemingly unstoppable behemoth known as “Call of Duty.”
In a word, the trailer is simply breathtaking. The visuals are gorgeous, the environments and carnage are rendered beautifully, and the scale of the battlefield is tremendous. Taking place during the events of World War 1, Dice packed the trailer (and hopefully the game) with everything and anything a player could ask for. We see battles taking place across multiple theaters of war on land, sea and in the air. DICE promises that the game will feel as huge as the real world-wide conflict the game is based on.
War Stories from the Far Edges of the World – Discover a world at war through an adventure-filled campaign that captures the variety of a global conflict through the eyes of several different characters all united by this first modern war. -DICE
Alongside the standard fare of period guns, grenades, and melee weapons, you will be able to mount up and take control of horses, tanks, boats, and bi-planes. When you feel that your ego is getting too big, jump online and take part in huge 64 person multiplayer scrimmages.
Epic 64-Player Multiplayer Battles – Squad up with your friends and join in the most epic multiplayer battles in FPS history with up to 64 players fighting as infantry or piloting vehicles ranging from tanks and bikes on the ground to biplanes and gigantic battleships.
Experience the Dawn of All-out War – Be a part of the greatest battles ever known to man. From the heavily defended Alps to the scorching deserts of Arabia, war is raging on an epic scale on land, air and sea as you witness the birth of modern warfare.
Earth-shattering Intuitive Destruction – With intuitive destruction no battle is ever the same. Destroy vehicles big and small, and demolish entire buildings. From tiny wooden houses to massive stone forts, even the grounds on which you’re fighting can be blasted apart. -DICE
Even though Battlefield and Call of Duty mirrored each other in many ways over the years, the latter has moved aggressively into sci-fi territory taking place more and more in the future; the most recent chapter taking the series into space and other planets as shown in the highly disliked trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. As of this writing, the video currently sits at almost 800,000 dislikes; a number that is still growing. As fans clash in forums and social networks over which series is better, it would seem, at least from the initial impressions, that although DICE went in a completely different direction, keeping the combat on Earth and drawing heavily from history, their game feels more expansive than the latest CoD effort.
Battlefield 1 will be released in October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC with an open beta preceding the release. You can pre-order the game in three versions:
- Standard Edition
- Deluxe Edition: includes the Red Baron Pack and the Lawrence of Arabia Pack – containing themed weapons, vehicles and items. Plus five Battlepacks containing combinations of items. Also exchanges the visual appearance on three of the largest vehicles in the game. This Early Enlister edition allows you to play Battlefield 1 three days earlier starting from October 18.
- Exclusive Collector’s Edition: includes Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition Base Game, Collector’s Edition Statue (14″ Tall), Exclusive Steel book, Exclusive cloth poster, Deck of playing cards, Messenger pigeon tube with exclusive DLC content, Exclusive patch, and Premium packaging