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Retailer slip up suggests Battlefield 5 will be set in WW1

by Mark Tyson on 29 February 2016, 11:31

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), DICE+

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We know that there is a new Battlefield game brewing. That fact was verified by a senior executive at DICE in December last year. At that time we learnt that the next Battlefield would be returning to a military setting, after the departure to focus on cops vs crims in Battlefield Hardline. However we've not had a clue to what military avenue the DICE developers might be focussing upon in their next instalment, until now.

A listing spied upon Swiss games retailer World of Games' online store might have just clued us in to the particular theatre and era of war that the next Battlefield game will be based in. If the, now removed, smattering of details are correct, Battlefield 5 will be set during the Great War, World War One. The original listing, in German, summarised Battlefield 5 as "Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg", translated to English that's a "Multiplayer tactical shooter in WW1."

In the updated listing for Battlefield 5 on World of Games it is now described simply as a "Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter", which is a "Multiplayer tactical shooter". Another morsel of information concerning the release date of the game remains. It is listed as becoming available simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 26th October 2016.

A WW1 anti-tank gun

It will be interesting to see how the developers can make an interesting action game featuring the war-tech the was used on the battlefields of WW1. I'm not quite old enough to remember the Great War but the British infantry forces, for example, were mainly kitted out with Webley revolvers and/or Lee Enfield bolt action rifles with bayonets attached (in erm... Blackadder Goes Forth). Then there were early tanks, heavy machine guns that required multiple operators, artillery, gas, trenches, tunnels and so on. We shall have to wait and see what the developers come up with. On an optimistic note, sometimes strictly imposed limits can spark real creativity.



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The best weapons in COD2 were the bolt action rifles, before the series nosedived
If that's true, it may be the first Battlefield I buy!
Oh well, that's one game off my radar. Looks like BF4 may hang around quite some time.
I hope not, I am a long term BF player, love the series since BF1942 but WW1 is simply too restrictive in weapons and vehicles to fit the BF world. While I was not a fan of BF2142 that seemed to be the way most of the people I game with were hoping the next installment would go.

That being said, won't stop me giving it a go but I expect it could impact how long I play it for
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I hope not, I am a long term BF player, love the series since BF1942 but WW1 is simply too restrictive in weapons and vehicles to fit the BF world. While I was not a fan of BF2142 that seemed to be the way most of the people I game with were hoping the next installment would go.

That being said, won't stop me giving it a go but I expect it could impact how long I play it for

Horses, tanks, bi-planes, submarines, landing craft, dreadnoughts, zeppelins, gas attacks, land-mines, sniper nests and the only machine guns are those at mounted static locations…. artillery, trenches and bunker complexes, dashes across no-mans land and sinking into muddy craters. It will change the way we play it, but there's enough in there to have some fun with - though hopefully not in way that trivialises what was a nasty experience for so many.

Early WWI was very open and fluid, with trenches getting dominant by the middle of the war, and then tanks etc and better tactics meaning trenches were breachable later in the war.