After Battlefield 1‘s reveal blew Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s out of the water, Call of Duty has reaped its reveal trailer revenge this year, just not quite to the same degree.
Battlefield V was officially shown off last week with a reveal event that included developer breakdowns and the game’s first trailer. The event brought fans some interesting and promising details about the game, but the poorly designed reveal trailer didn’t do the game any favors, and fans let developer DICE know this. The trailer, which can be seen below, now features more dislikes than likes on YouTube, with over 341,000 thumbs down and only about 285,000 thumbs up at time of writing.
Battlefield V‘s trailer wasn’t nearly as poorly received as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s reveal trailer back in 2016, which quickly became one of the most disliked videos in YouTube history, but Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s multiplayer reveal trailer only has a slight edge on the competition. With about 343,000 Likes and 204,000 Dislikes, Black Ops 4 is definitely sitting prettier than Battlefield V, but an approval ratio lower than 2-to-1 is likely less than Call of Duty developer Treyarch was hoping for.
The key difference between the trailers is the clarity with which they sell their multiplayer experiences. Black Ops 4‘s trailer was heavily choreographed, but there was no doubt that what was being exhibited was true gameplay. Battlefield V‘s trailer started out as a scripted cinematic before seamlessly transitioning into a confusing hybrid of cinematic and gameplay that failed to make clear what was stylized for the sake of the trailer and what features fans could actually look forward to being in-game. The Battlefield V reveal also suffered from fans protesting the predominance of female soldiers in its cover art and trailer, a decision the developers have since doubled down on.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Battlefield V is launching a little later on October 19th, also for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but early access unlocks on October 11th for those that are subscribed to EA/Origin Access, and October 16th for those that pick up the Deluxe Edition.
Source: Game Rant