Another feather in Ea’s cap for 2016, Battlefield 1 looks gritty, massive, and as exciting as any other shooter out there.
World War I is seldom -if ever- explored in the video game space, and yet it had some incredibly unique elements that set it apart from all other conflicts before or since. It was also incredibly bloody and downright horrible for all involved, but in the game space, all that means it just might add up to being one of the most impactful experiences of the year.
Case in point:
More than just a peek at more gameplay though, EA gave us what we really wanted above B1 at E3 2016 – details.
How do ‘intuitive destruction’ and ‘dynamic weather’ sound? According to EA and developer DICE, no two battles will play the same in Battlefield 1, meaning that almost everything is destructible (yes, including buildings) and that the idyllic settings will turn into war-torn landscapes as you play through the maps. It kind of sounds like you can take down your enemies by knocking buildings down on them too, but it’s a little vague in the press release. Still, sounds like that might be the case.
As far as the dynamically changing weather goes, well that’s kind of self-explanatory. Lest you think that it’s just superficial though, think again. Playing maps in heavy fog or rain will limit what you can see and hear, as opposed to rampaging across an open field in the middle of a bright and sunny day.
“With Battlefield 1 we’re looking to deliver the most dynamic shooter ever. We want to make sure that no battle is ever the same for the players, and with the introduction of Operations, we’re giving the fans variety for game play and creativity,” said Aleksander Grøndal, Senior Producer, DICE. “Plus, with the new Behemoths, only in Battlefield 1 can you bring an Air Ship to a dogfight.”
Two more new elements in Battlefield 1, the Operations and Behemoths both sound pretty awesome. More than just a mode, Operations is a multiplayer match infected by a single-player campaign. Basically, you’re playing map to map, but with your efforts in each one affecting the next. So stuff like taking territory away from your opponents and pushing them back will actually mean something when the next map in the rotation queues up.
As for Behemoths, that name is referring to the likes of the astounding air ships that you can call in when things are getting hairy. And we’re not talking support vehicles that are CPU controlled here, nope- you get to actually take the controls of neigh-unstoppable juggernauts like the Battleship, Armored Train, and -yes- the Air Ship, and rain fire from above. How’s that for unique?
Everything about Battlefield 1 sounds great, and while we have yet to get our hands on it, it sounds like shooter fans might be in for a real treat when the game hits the Xbox One, PS4, and PC (via Origin)on October 21st. You can move that date to the 18th by the way, if you pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition. A nice little bonus.
And don’t forget that there will be a beta that’s scheduled to hit at the end of the Summer for Battlefield Insiders, and that EA Access players on Xbox One and Origin Access members on the PC will be able to play the game for a limited time and earlier than the release date, thanks to Play First Trials member bonus.
As always, we’ll have more as it breaks.