The latest trailer for EA DICE’s upcoming multiplayer shooter, Battlefield 1, focuses on the development of World War I weapons that are authentic, yet visceral.
It appears that EA and Battlefield 1 developer DICE are getting ready for the marketing blitz that will lead to the multiplayer shooter’s launch in October. Today saw the release of the first official trailer since the deluge of media that dropped at E3. Appearing to be the first in a series of gameplay trailers, “Weapons,” as the title implies, gives an introductory look at Battlefield 1‘s selection of guns and melee armaments. Mostly, though, the trailer is just a great excuse to see Battlefield 1 in motion again.
The “Weapons” trailer also briefly provides some developer commentary regarding the direction EA and DICE are taking regarding weapon design and development. Christofer Brandtieng, a vehicle and weapon animator, offered perhaps the clearest perspective on the studio’s goals in Battlefield 1, saying, “We’re not recreating the old, the past, we’re taking that as an inspiration and then we’re trying to take this into a modern perspective.”
Lars Gustavsson, Battlefield 1‘s Design Director, says, “It’s not just another M16 that we’re about to build.” He makes clear that while the game is set in World War 1, Battlefield 1 is not just another World War throwback shooter. The team is taking these weapons, authentically recreated as EA DICE has proven to be capable of, and prioritizing the kind of visceral, modern shooter that fans expect of the franchise.
Unfortunately, it seems like the trailer doesn’t provide much in the way of content reveals. Despite being titled “Weapons,” and despite being the first official game trailer since E3, virtually all of the gameplay content found within has been seen before.
The map is the same one showcased during E3, as it features the large blimp that can crash in dynamic ways. There are a couple of new guns, however, specifically the T-Gewehr anti-tank gun, the Browning Auto-5 shotgun, and an MG 15 machine gun.
Of course, the real beauty of the trailer isn’t the specific types of content included, but how they’re shown in action. For example, there’s a good amount of vehicle gameplay shown in the trailer, including a couple of tanks and what looks to be a previously unrevealed jeep. The best part? Most of them get destroyed! The jeep absolutely gets obliterated by a tank, and another tank is taken out by a well-placed anti-tank grenade. The additional close-quarters combat and example of how mortars change a battle are just icing on the cake.
Battlefield 1 is scheduled for release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One starting October 21 world-wide.
Source: Battlefield – YouTube