The crown jewel of the EA Play event on June 12th was a gorgeous trailer, gameplay details, and a massive 32 v 32 multiplayer battle for the upcoming World War One based shooter: Battlefield 1.

The gaming industry, and the shooter genre specifically, has blasted off into the future in recent years. This fall will see Titanfall 2 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. DICE opted to go in the other direction and take their game into the past for their take on the Great War.

World War I is a fascinating setting for a video game based shooter. The theaters involved in the way were incredibly diverse, and the armies participating employed vastly different technology. For example, this was the last war where heavy cavalry was used in battle and those armies battled against tank battalions.

This time period placed some challenges on the developers as they sought to implement interesting gameplay mechanics for players used to wall running in Titanfall and using special attacks in Destiny. They did this by making the Battlefield itself into an active and dynamic participant in every battle.

The tagline “No Battle Is Ever the Same” carries a lot of weight here. Every match will be different thanks to several different elements.

  1. Destructible… well.. Everything: Battlefield 1 is being developed using EA’s Frostbite Engine, which is particularly good at rendering destructible terrain. This means that the wall you get used to hiding behind in multiplayer matches, might not even be there every time (if someone else decides to blow it up).
  2. Weather: The weather is dynamic and can change in the middle of matches. This will change things like visibility and and maneuverability.
  3. The Operations Game Mode: This new game mode will put players into a series of pitched battles across multiple fronts. These battles will be interconnected and each one will be impacted by those that came before it.

Battlefield 1 battle

The battlefield series has been known for its vehicular combat since its infancy. Battlefield 1 is bringing in a new class of vehicle called “Behemoths.” These vehicles, the Airship, the Armored Train, and the Battleship, will each be massive and have the power to change the course of any battle they are in.

Battlefield 1 is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 1, 2016. Keep your eyes on for more updates as the release gets closer!


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