When EA revaled the next chapter of the DICE’s Battlefield series, it took a lot of fans by complete surprise. A game that focuses on the era of World War I? Could that even work for a first-person shooter? Would it be fun? Well, it does work, and it is fun?and here’s nine reasons we think the game is going to kick ass.
#1: In the trenches of World War I
We can?t start this list anywhere but Battlefield 1?s main focus: the brutal battlefields of The War to End All Wars. With so many other franchises going for a more futuristic focus, the less technical and more closer-range nature of WWI firefights is a breath of fresh air in a genre that?s been a little stale as of late. While we wondered if WWI was the right choice before Battlefield 1?s reveal, we were convinced the moment we played our first multiplayer match.
#2: Truly a world at war
As its name implies, World War I was a global event that pulled countries near and far into the growing conflict. In Battlefield 1, players won?t just be stuck in one location, instead traveling from the skies over the Austro Hungarian empire at Monte Grappa, to Empire’s Edge set on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, to the bloodied fields of St. Quentin?s Scar (where Battlefield 1?s recent multiplayer demos took place). Those are just some of the locations revealed so far, making for a game that?ll provide a wide selection of settings that?ll each require unique battle strategies.
#3: Classes are mixing things up
While player classes have long been a staple of the Battlefield series, DICE is bringing some changes to what you can expect in Battlefield 1. The main classes will be Assault, Medic, Scout, and Support, with speciality classes like Pilot automatically assigned when you take control of vehicles. This new mix of classes will give players an even deeper level of role-filling on the battlefield, giving more depth to team interaction.
#4: Low-tech weapons have never felt so modern (or dangerous)
World War I is considered to be the most technologically divergent war, with great advancements in weaponry being made over the four years it lasted. From mustard gas bombs to zeppelins in the sky, Battlefield 1 is doing everything it can to show off the arms race that happened from 1914-1918. Even melee weapons saw drastic changes, and players will get to see and feel that, too, with a revamped melee system, highlighted by the bayonet charge that allows player to impale their foes with a mad rush from distance.
#5: The campaign will take you through the lives of many warriors
As we mentioned above, The Great War was fought on many fronts, and in order to keep true to the time period, it wouldn?t make sense to have one hero bouncing around all over the world. Instead, Battlefield 1 is offering a campaign that will tell more intimate stories from the war through the eyes of different people from each location. This allows players to still get that epic sense of scale from the conflict, but understand better how war affects multiple people in different ways.
#6: Sixty-four players can battle it out together
While DICE is no stranger to supporting 64-player modes in the Battlefield series, it can be easy to forget just how big of a deal that is?especially on consoles. The chaotic nature of World War I skirmishes really comes to life with that many players on the field, providing an experience unlike most other first-person shooters.
#7: The world will crumble around you
Destructibility has long been a hallmark of DICE first-person shooters, but they?re pushing the tech even farther in Battlefield 1. Structures that once provided safety on the battlefield can soon crumble to ruin, as the powerful weapons of the time rain projectiles at buildings that were never meant to take such a beating. Vehicles like airplanes can also break down under enemy gunfire, and when the giant zeppelins come crashing down to Earth, anything in their way should be wary.
#8: The weather won?t help, either
If your cover being chipped away by a rain of gunfire isn?t enough to worry about, how about rain itself? Battlefield 1?s dynamic weather can be a benefit at one moment and a hinderance the next, as fog rolls in obscuring your view of the enemy?or their view of your troop movement. The full rundown of what weather types will be available has yet to be confirmed, but given some of the locations we?ve seen, we can imagine some intense moments when Mother Nature suddenly decides to mix things up.
#9: It?s encouraging celebrities to become hardcore gamers
We couldn?t end this list without bringing up the fact that Battlefield 1 is even getting celebrities to step up their gaming game. After trying it out recently, actor Terry Crews announced that he?s now building his own gaming PC due to how much he enjoyed playing Battlefield 1. Welcome, Mr. Crews?we?re happy to have you.