The moment Battlefield fans have been waiting over a year for, is finally here. With the intense buildup of the imminent announcement starting exactly a week ago, people have been glued to their computer screens waiting for 4 P.M. Eastern time today to see what direction Battlefield would be heading in next. And no, that direction is not futuristic, where developers have been sending their titles for years only to receive bad feedback on them and still do it again the year after. That direction for Battlefield is to the past, where brutal, all-out war and combat first began.
After being speculated of what time period this new title would be set in, it is now confirmed that Battlefield 1 will be set in WWI. Lead Designer Daniel Berlin has said that the game will be focusing on some of the lesser known aspects and battles of WWI such as the involvement of the Harlem Hellfighters, who many people may not have even known existed. Going on, he says that they wanted to make diversity a key goal to achieve in the final game, stating that they are bringing all these stories together to highlight the roles that many different armies had played in WWI.
As you can see in the incredibly intense trailer which is set to The White Stripes track 'Seven Nation Army', there is a battle between soldiers wielding swords and fighting on horses, a fast-paced dog fight in the sky between multiple weaponized biplanes, and different bits and pieces which show off old-school tanks and even a flamethrower.
Battlefield 1 will be launching onto Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC worldwide on October 21st, 2016. If you'd like a chance to gain early access to the beta, all you have to do is sign up as a Battlefield insider at the link here.
So even though we now know that Battlefield 1 will not be going in the futuristic route, specific details that can answer our many questions regarding the multiplayer and campaign modes of the game have yet to be unveiled. However, there will be more news about Battlefield 1 coming in the future months. So stay tuned to the Homepage to learn more about where the next Battlefield title will be going, and check out the spoiler below for some in-engine screenshots of Battlefield 1!
UPDATE - Following the big reveal earlier today, EA has also now dropped a Deluxe Edition, as well as a massive Collector's Edition for Battlefield 1. The Deluxe Edition will run you about $80, and comes with early access to the game, five battlepacks, and also the Red Baron, Hellfighter, and Lawrence of Arabia packs which will all come with exclusive weapons and gear.
Now if you're looking for something that has a bit more goodies, prepare your wallet to drop about $220 worth of bills. With that you will receive a fourteen inch tall statue that features the character from the game's cover art, a cloth poster, an exclusive steel book, a deck of playing cards, and even a little messenger pigeon tube that includes exclusive DLC content that everyone else will have to wait a year after launch to purchase. Pictures of everything included in the Collector's Edition can be seen in this article's image gallery.