Saturday, May 7, 2016

Battlefield 1 (WWI)

The release date is set for October 21st, 2016

As is standard for Battlefield games — discounting the delayed Battlefield Hardline — this newest entry is releasing in the fall, when it will go head-to-head with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. It will be a fascinating clash of philosophies: Activision's COD franchise continues to move further into the future while EA takes us as far back as it can go without putting a musket and canon at our disposal.


Whichever one players gravitate toward more — either science fiction warfare or reimagined historical combat — may set the tone for the genre for years to come. What a time to shoot graphical representations of other humans lives over the internet!

It's not steampunk-themed or set in alternate history

When Battlefield 1 leaked earlier today, people saw a cape-clad soldier in front of a giant zeppelin plastered across the backdrop. At first glance, it seemed EA was drawing influence from Bioshock Infinite by giving its early 20th century shooter a steampunk vibe that would lean heavy on airships and reimagined industrial technology.

You can ride horses

Nothing screams video game absurdity like telling players they can ride living, breathing animals into a battlefield against advanced industrial weaponry. But EA's Berlin stressed that, in true WWI fashion, "you can bring a horse to a tank fight."

WWI marked the last major conflict in which horses provided any strategic advantage, although the animal's use was largely phased out in favor of tanks and other vehicles over the course of the battle. A large front in WWI also involved the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire, in which traditional cavalry units clashed against Western technology. So pack your saddles, I suppose.


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