Electronic Arts and DICE have announced Battlefield 1 during a special event held in Los Angeles, California today.
Battlefield 1 will take place during World War I, and given the type of fighting that went on at the time, we can expect battles to take place in small, close-quarters urban areas. Although we’ll also be seeing big, sprawling battles across open fields. Sorry, fans of mid-sized battles. I guess this game isn’t for you.
The game will feature a squad-based system with four distinct classes: Assault (attacks with artillery); Medic (the obvious healers); Support (capable of assisting Assault); and Intel (scopes out and tags enemies). Given the timeframe, pistols, shotguns, machine guns, rifles, and flamethrowers will be just some of the weapons we can expect in Battlefield 1. Melee weapons will also have more variation, such as a shovel, mace, and more, which will also have their own pros and cons.
As is customary with the majority of Battlefield games, Battlefield 1 will allow players to get behind the wheel of several vehicle types, including tanks, airplanes, and even horses. A Zeppelin was shown in today’s reveal trailer, although it’s unclear at this point if players will be able to pilot it or not.
Locales in Battlefield 1 will reflect locations of battles that took place during World War I, so players should expect theaters in Italy, Arabia, and France, to name a few.
Battlefield 1 is scheduled to release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 21, 2016.