After Hours Of Preface, Battlefield 1 Announced

Fans of Battlefield had a long day of waiting before the trailer for Battlefield 1 finally dropped. But it was worth it.

After six hours of history on the franchise (during which most of their big announcement was leaked online), followed by ten more minutes of painfully awkward exposition, EA finally dropped the official announcement of their next Battlefield title. It’s Battlefield 1, a title that will surely serve to confuse well-meaning shoppers and those googling information for years to come. The game takes place in World War 1 (hence the name) and a new trailer depicts some of the weapons, vehicles, and action you might see when the game launches later this year:

I admit, I am thoroughly impressed by the zeppelin, though less impressed by the lack of overt gameplay footage, but that’s okay for a reveal trailer. The game will launch simultaneously for  Xbox One, PS4, and PC on October 21st, 2016.

So what about that leak from earlier today? Well, the “alternate history” WW1 doesn’t seem to be accurate after all–the era is right, the alternate history isn’t. The October 18th release date is actually the early release for those who pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition for $79.99 on PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll receive the game then. This Deluxe Edition includes extra such as the Red Baron Pack and the Lawrence of Arabia Pack, which include themed weapons, vehicles, and items.

We also know that a Collector’s Edition is available, currently shown on Amazon. It’s $219.99 USD and includes the following:

  • 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
  • Premium packaging

Image and discovery courtesy of @Wario64 on Twitter:

Battlefield 1 will feature “divergent technology,” which was described in the stream as including multiple different types of combat, side-by-side. Air battles, close quarters combat, battleships, and land vehicles will all operate simultaneously to bring the player the full experience of WW1, an era not covered often in similar franchises. A wide variety of vehicles and weapons will be available. Flamethrowers and horses were both brought up as possibly able to play, but the developers refused to give details as to exactly how these would factor in. The devs repeatedly described the combat at a basic level as “rock, paper, scissors,” emphasizing the different advantages and disadvantages of each weapon and vehicle type.

You can get early access to Battlefield 1’s open beta by signing up to become a Battlefield Insider on their website, which will also grant you various in-game rewards. If you’re hungry for more Battlefield 1 news, the game will be shown at E3, when we’ll likely get out first glimpse at some actual gameplay.

Though the lead-up to the announcement was far too drawn out for anything, Battlefield 1 actually stands to be pretty cool. The WW1 setting, in particular, is a risky jump for a company competing against franchises pushing ever forward into the future. But, given the reactions to Infinite Warfare, perhaps a step backwards in time will amount to leaps and bounds forward for the Battlefield franchise.

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