Battlefield 1‘s campaign takes place in one of the world’s bloodiest battles – World War 1. Battle on land, sea, and air across a plethora of environments. According to the game’s designer, Daniel Berlin, the campaign mode has larger and more open environments than those in previous installments, with more options and choices in terms of paths to completing levels and how to approach combat.
Players will have control of several characters during the course of the single player campaign, and online they will have access to Britain, Germany, the United States, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and the Ottomans as playable sides. Battlefield 1 will also include improved classes and new ones such as the Tanker and Pilot.
Plays can expect to use authentic weaponry during the course of the campaign and online. These will include bolt-action rifles, automatic and semi-automatic rifles, artillery, flamethrowers, and mustard gas. A new fleet of melee weaponry will also be available, some of which can be seen in the gameplay trailers released thus far. Sabres, trench clubs, and shovels are amongst the new entries.
Multiplayer is set to see up to 64 player battles and the new squad system makes entering and leaving servers a doddle when playing in teams. According to Berlin, playing without joining a squad would make gameplay significantly more difficult. “We wanted team play to be the recipe for victory,” Berlin said. “It’s important to feel like you’re a critical asset to your team but also that your team is an asset to you.”
There will be opportunities to play the game before release date, most notably through the Open Beta. EA Access and Origin Access members will be able to play for a limited time before the release date, too. And if you pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, you’ll be able to start playing on October 18, three days before the release date. During the EA Play events on June 12 in Los Angeles and London, EA will reveal the first gameplay footage and let attendees try the game for themselves.
Battlefield 1 is releasing on October 21 for Xbox One, Origin on PC, and PlayStation 4.