EA debuts the newest Battlefield 1 trailer at gamescom 2016 showing off the desert map of Sinai, and announces the open beta’s launch date for all platforms.

Last week, a blog post from EA on Battlefield 1‘s website teased that a new trailer for the World War I shooter would be released during gamescom 2016. The blog post also hinted that the trailer would reveal a new map, vehicles, and gameplay footage.

Well that specific Battlefield 1 trailer just dropped today, and EA is certainly living up to all they hinted at in its blog post. The trailer takes place in a desert map called Sinai, which was already glimpsed in the debut trailer, and shows a scorched desert-scape filled with narrow canyons and ancient ruins. The trailer begins by showing off what combat will look like on horseback, which appears to trade out the game’s traditional first-person perspective in favor of a third-person perspective.

Fans have known since the first trailer that horses would be a vehicle in the game, but this is the first glimpse of what the horse gameplay will actually look like. In addition to horses, the trailer also shows that the standard vehicles of tanks, planes, and jeeps will be available in the Sinai map, but most impressive is the reveal of the newest vehicle, the war train.

The war train looks like a massive armored train, loaded with a caboose full of cannons and machine guns, and may function similarly to the previously seen zeppelin in that it can be used by the losing team to pour out massive amounts of firepower. The trailer also gives fans a better look at a hulking armored soldier, who wears a headshot resistant helmet and is armed with a massive machine gun.

In addition to revealing the trailer, EA also announced some details on the upcoming open beta, including its start date. Starting August 31st, gamers on all platforms will be able to access Battlefield 1’s open beta, which will have the Sinai map available for play in one of two game modes:

  • Conquest. An all-time fan favorite of Battlefield players, Conquest is a large-scale game mode with up to 64 players fighting for the control of key objectives. With large armies on foot or behind the wheel and the addition of fearsome Behemoths, Conquest brings together all the elements of the signature Battlefield All-Out War.
  • Rush. A 24-player mode where the Attacking force must find and destroy the Defending force’s Telegraph Posts, which can be used to call in artillery strikes. The Defenders can deny the Attackers their mission by disarming explosives they plant on the telegraph positions. Should the Telegraph Posts be destroyed, the Defenders must fall back to the next sector and protect the Telegraph Posts there.

Those who are eager to jump into the sand-blasted battlefield of Sinai won’t have to wait long. However, those who were excited about the rumored pigeon mode, will just have to wait until Battlefield 1‘s proper release in October.

Battlefield 1 is set to release on October 21, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Battlefield – YouTube (via PC Invasion)