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Battlefield Returns to World War I this October!

Battlefield Returns to World War I this October!

Battlefield 1

​Unless you have been living under a rock or lost in another digital world, you have likely witnessed, or at the very least read, EA and DICE's newest entry into the Battlefield series, announced May 6th, 2016. -Battlefiled 5- Battlefield 1 has finally been officially announced!  Over the course of the franchises immense history, fans frequently request and talk about the series returning to WWI and WWII, and it's finally becoming reality. The announcement event was originally streamed on both Twitch and YouTube.  As stated before, the event spotlighted the battlefields of WWI, making it among the first mainstream FPS titles to return to its roots, while some delve more and more into future combat. While I'm sure what has been show off so far is just the tip of the iceberg, it's still quite impressive. 

EA has given us a glimpse at the vehicles we can expect to see coursing the battlefield, ranging from tanks, to battleships, to artillery. One of the prominent points of the Battlefield games has always been their stellar performance when it comes to vehicle combat. Oh... there will be horses stallions as well!  

Several weapons were shown off in the reveal trailer and reveal stream, featuring both melee weapons and traditional firearms... and not so traditional firearms such a flamethrowers! EA and DICE have also promised that weapon customization will also play a pivotal role, but stated there would be a twist - which has yet to be revealed. 

As Battlefield fans have come to expect, you will see the return of destructible environments to Battlefield 1, though to what extent is currently unclear. EA and DICE have also stressed that the title will be taking place across a a wide variety of diverse environments, including Arabia and the Italian Alps. Customary with the locale and atmosphere, gamers will be able to experience the tactical and hectic trench warfare one could imagine played a pivotal role across the battlefields of WWI. 

Check out the trailer below for a more detailed view of what you can expect this October, followed by some more details of the elements withing Battlefield 1.

Finally a Solid FPS Campaign?

​Though there is no doubt that nearly every FPS title is geared towards a multiplayer experience vs a single player experience, DICE usually does a pretty good job at implementing an emotional and story driven single player campaign; Battlefield 1 looks to expand on that. Though it will likely be a linear campaign, DICE has stated that they are currently aiming to bring the sandbox elements found in the multiplayer to the games single player campaign.

[The campaign] "will more accurately reflect Battlefield's open sandboxes."

Danny Berlin, Lead Designer of Battlefield 1

Gather Your Team for an Epic Multiplayer Experience!

​The highlight of any FPS has become multiplayer (sad for some, but add tons of replay-ability of others) , which DICE knows how to deliver on. Though the setting has changed, you can still expect the same 64-player massive and tactical multiplayer experience Battlefield fans have come to love and expect from the series. GameSpot noted that the title will expand on multiplayer elements like trenches, battleships, and improved close-range combat.

GameSpot recently revealed some information that they were issued at a behind-closed-doors event, emphasizing sandbox combat int he 64-player multiplayer battles.

"It's important to pay attention to the world."
"There's that rock-paper-scissors combat Battlefield is known for. With land, air, and sea that stretches into even more possibilities this time around."

Danny Berlin, Lead Designer of Battlefield 1

As more multiplayer information and details surface, including maps and modes, we will keep you posted!

WWI- A Defining Age for Warfare

EA and Dice have promised am array of weaponry, which they stated to be a bit more vast that most gamers might think.

There's this common misconception that World War 1 was just muskets or something, but it wasn't. It was a time of new weapons-- bolt-action rifles, semi-automatic rifles, automatic rifles. The freedom we have [within Battlefield] is massive."

Danny Berlin, Lead Designer of Battlefield 1

Danny Berlin has also stated that there is going to be a completely new focus on melee combat, using the time period of the title to revolutionize and further improve the game's CQC mechanics. Hand-to-hand combat isn't being copied and pasted this time around, but instead built from the ground up. The melee experience will focus on weapons like bayonets, sabers, trench clubs, and even shovels. Some melee weapons, such as the bayonet, will even have special skills (like a piercing charge).

As veteran Battlefield fans have come to expect, vehicle combat will play a pivotal role on the battlefield. Again, focusing on aerial, sea, artillery, and land vehicle combat. As this being part of the first era to strategize and implement armored tanks and aerial assaults, making for a unique and memorable experience on and offline.

​"This was the first time ever that people saw light tanks, heavy tanks, armored trucks. If you pop your head up and see a tank about to rll over you, you should probably get out of there."

Danny Berlin, Lead Designer of Battlefield 1

Dogfights and aerial support are more significant than ever according to Danny Berlin, expanding on dogfights, bombing raids, and strafing runs.

We have bombers to clear the way for your troops, if you're in a bomber, you might want to have a buddy scouting, covering you from the ground.  You can have these dogfights with multiple people in planes, your buddy is in the rear seat shooting back at that guy while you fly alongside a bomber clearing the way for your troops."

Danny Berlin, Lead Designer of Battlefield 1

There is no doubt in my mind that DICE and EA are cooking up something special, bringing their A-game to the battlefield.

Battlefield 1 Will Have 3 Editions, Including a $220 Collector's Edition.

Battlefield 1 Standard Edition $59.99

  • ​You guessed it, it comes with your very own copy of Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Edition $79.99

Red Baron Pack containing:

  • Vehicle: Red Baron's Triplane
  • Sidearm: Red Baron's P08
  • Emblem: Red Baron's Flyer Pin

Lawrence of Arabia Pack containing:

  • Horse: Lawrence of Arabia's Black Stallion
  • Weapon: Lawrence of Arabia's SMLE
  • Melee: Lawrence of Arabia's Jambiya
  • Emblem: Lawrence of Arabia's Emblem

New visual appearance on three of the largest vehicles in the game:

  • Frontline Camouflage Train
  • Night Raid Airship
  • Dazzle Camouflage Dreadnought

Harlem Hellfighter Pack containing:

  • Weapon: Hellfighter Trench Shotgun
  • Siderarm: Hellfighter M1911
  • Melee: Hellfighter Bolo Knife
  • Emblem: Hellfighter Insignia
Also includes 3 day early access to the game, 7 early access to a specific free map releasing later this year, and 5 battle packs.​

Battlefield 1 Amazon Exclusive Collector's Edition $219.99

  • Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition Base Game (likely including all the Early Enlister Edition perks)
  • Collector's Edition Statue (14″ Tall)
  • Exclusive Steel book
  • Exclusive cloth poster
  • Deck of playing cards
  • Messenger pigeon tube with exclusive** DLC content (DLC is exclusive for at least one year)
  • Exclusive patch
  • Premium packaging

Digital Preorder Bonuses for Consoles have been Unveiled!

  • Harlem Fighters Pack: content themed around the Hellfighters (as listed with the Limited Editions)​
  • Theme
  • 7-day Early Access to one of the maps set to release this year
  • Harlem Fighters Pack: content themed around the Hellfighters (as listed with the Limited Editions)​
  • 7-day Early Access to one of the maps set to release this year
  • 1-month EA Access Membership

EA Access and Origins Access members on PC and XB1 will be able to access the game starting on October 18, 2016 (same across all platforms with the Enlisters Edition)​.

Beta Details

For those unsure about the title, or those just dying to get a taste of the new Battlefield, there is a beta coming later this year. Joining the beta is pretty simple. There will be a public beta, so you technically just wait it out until sign-ups start, but according to a recent press release there is a way to get early access to the public beta. All you have to do is sign up as a Battlefield insider here, simple as that; no pre-order required! The dates of the beta are currently TBD.

Battlefield 1 is officially releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 21, 2016, with early access starting on October 18, 2016. We look forward to seeing you on the battlefield!

What did you think of the official reveal? Are you happy with the setting? Will you be getting one of the special editions? Let us know what you think!!

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