Battlefield fans know more or less what to expect from the game's multiplayer thanks to the recent open beta as well as a general knowledge of BF's online modes. However, tomorrow's trailer will be our first look at BF1's campaign, a slice of the game that has many fans—including your humble author—curious.
Developers have been coy regarding the campaign's direction and content. Lead designer Daniel Berlin implied that players may control multiple characters in order to grant varying perspectives on World War I, the game's setting. According to Berlin, EA wants to hone in on less familiar bits of history.
"When we set out on this game, we wanted to depict not just the common view of what the war was like. We wanted to challenge some preconceptions. We want to delve into some of the unknowns of WW1. Maybe people don't know that this person fought or that person fought, that this army was involved. We're stretching out and bringing all those stories into the game."
That setting has players intrigued... and some a little nervous. The Great War was considered a turning point for warfare technology and etiquette. Tanks rumbled onto battlefields alongside and opposite horses; advanced weaponry such as flamethrowers and poison gas forced both sides to escalate their offensive and defensive ordnance, and resulted in some of the bloodiest battles in history.
It's inevitable that EA will take creative liberties with WWI's history; that's to be expected. Even so, the company might benefit from not straying too far into videogame fantasy land. With Activision going full-bore warfare-in-space with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, BF1's campaign could distinguish itself by showcasing a more grounded narrative that shines a light on the atrocities committed during WWI, while still being an entertaining gaming experience first and foremost.