Indie developer The Farm 51 is looking to take on the heavy hitters at DICE with its first gameplay trailer for World War 3, a large-scale, modern-military, first-person shooter.
Showing off pre-alpha gameplay footage, World War 3 shares a ton of similarities to Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4, with 64-player urban warfare that combines infantry gunfights with intense armored vehicle battles.
The trailer takes place entirely in open urban environments that seem to pack in a ton of variety, from city streets to subway tunnels to mall interiors. It looks like some parts of the map, like certain concrete walls, are destructible, though not necessarily on the scale of a Battlefield game.
Weapons seem incredibly customizable with different attachments and sights, and it looks like players can customize vehicles as well with different scopes and weaponry. Interestingly, one part of the trailer shows a tank’s camera being destroyed, temporarily blinding the vehicle’s operator and making it a sitting duck.
Player movement looks like a major gameplay component as well. Soldiers falling from farther heights will brace their falls with their hands, and sliding into cover will be a great way to survive in firefights. Likewise, players can go prone on their backs to make themselves smaller targets, as well as peek out of cover to avoid taking too many hits.
The common narrative with World War 3 right now is that it will appeal to Battlefield fans who were disappointed that DICE didn’t return to a modern military setting with Battlefield V. From this gameplay trailer, the game definitely seems to take a lot of inspiration from Battlefield 4. The one thing that I’m not totally sold on is the actual gunplay. Sure, it looks decent in the trailer, but I reviewed The Farm 51’s Get Even last year, and the shooting was by far the least interesting part of that game.
World War 3 is coming to Steam early access this fall on PC. The developer has yet to announce a console version, though GameSpot reports that further platform releases will depend on the game’s PC sales.