From October 2014 to now.
Battlefield 1 was officially announced this May, meeting many fans’ anticipation for a large-scale military FPS set in the under-explored setting of World War I. In the five months since its reveal, EA and DICE have revealed more about its multiplayer, given fans a chance to sample some of its launch maps and game modes, and even given us some glimpses at its interesting new spin on single player.
With the highly-anticipated shooter on the way later this month, we decided to round up all the Battlefield 1 news, trailers, previews, and clips we’ve published so far to tell the story of Battlefield 1 up until now.
Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 1.
Back in October 2014, CEO Andrew Wilson said the “next entry” in the Battlefield franchise would arrive in late 2016 — one of the earliest official mentions of what was, at the time, referred to as Battlefield 5 by both fans and analysts.
A month later in November 2014, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen announced that the new Battlefield would return to its military roots after Battlefield Hardline’s focus on law enforcement and the “war on crime.”
In December 2015, DICE development director Dan Vaderlind posted the following tweet, further confirming the as-yet-unrevealed Battlefield 1 was in-the-works:
“Now that we’ve shipped Battlefront and a part of the team continues to work on it, I am moving on to another project,” Vaderlind wrote, “the next Battlefield…”
Leaks revealed Battlefield 1’s WWI setting.
In February 2016, an online German retailer called World of Games listed the upcoming Battlefield game as a “Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg,” or, “multiplayer tactical shooter in WW1” – the first credible rumor that the next Battlefield game was going back in time with a focus on the first World War. It also claimed an October 26, 2016 release date. We know now that Battlefield 1 comes out on October 21, but both the release window and the description of the game turned out to be accurate.
The day before Battlefield 1’s May 2016 world premiere, the official Battlefield Twitter account tweeted a nine second teaser of what we can now recognize as a recurring character in later trailers. Fans didn’t have to rely just on this brief video for speculation in the lead-up to the reveal, though.
The Battlefield 1 title and official art were leaked just before its official unveiling. The title, combined with mention of the Harlem Hellfighters and a Hellfighter Pack, plus images of a trench, zeppelin, and other clearly World War I-related imagery all but confirmed the rumors. The next Battlefield, titled Battlefield 1, would be set in WWI.
There was still a lot more for EA to reveal, thankfully. EA officially confirmed Battlefield 1 and its World War I setting on May 6, 2016. It was announced for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, with a release date of October 21, 2016.
CFO Blake Jorgensen didn’t think young audiences would know about WWI.
In a blog post, EA confirmed that Battlefield 1 would feature combat on land, air, and sea, with tanks, biplanes, airships, trench warfare, mustard gas, and melee combat.
Also announced was the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, which costs $79.99, allows access to the game three days early, and comes with extra weapons, vehicles, emblems, and more. And, of course, an elaborate Collector’s Edition was also revealed.
In the days following its official reveal, DICE had a bit more to say about the project, like the fact that Battlefield 1 will have a server browser, though it wasn’t specified whether it would be PC-exclusive.
DICE also revealed that in the beginning, EA Studios boss Patrick Söderlund “absolutely rejected” the World War I setting, thinking trench warfare would be boring to play. Apparently, CFO Blake Jorgensen didn’t even think younger audiences would know what World War I was in the first place.
Perhaps most importantly, DICE also spoke more about what it’s doing to avoid the launch problems it faced with Battlefield 4.
Speaking to GamesBeat, producer Daniel Berlin said that avoiding launch problems is “a focus,” stating, “We know it was a difficult launch. We’ve been working on this for a long time.”
The first “in-game” footage of Battlefield 1 appeared on Battlefield’s official Twitter account on June 6 — a 15 second teaser to advertise the full gameplay trailer that later debuted during EA’s E3 2016 press conference on June 12.
Battlefield 1’s gameplay debut trailer showed off aerial dogfights involving its pilotable biplanes, the menacing zeppelin in action, three of its playable tanks (the FT-17, Mark V, and A7V), various WWI weaponry wielded by its different classes, plus other features like the use of gas masks to protect against mustard gas and the ability to bayonet charge enemies.
This is also when we got the first chance to demo Battlefield 1 for ourselves. We captured tons and tons of gameplay both from our own Battlefield 1 hands-on time and EA’s 64-player live stream, which included several celebrity guests.
We also spliced together all 43 minutes of Battlefield 1 gameplay footage from the EA Play event that ran during E3.
Continue to learn more info on Battlefield 1’s playable alpha, beta, maps, modes, and single player campaign.