Developer DICE confirms the initial playable multiplayer nations for Battlefield 1, with several countries notable for their involvement in World War I curiously absent.

E3 2016 has been awash with news regarding Battlefield 1. The title saw the release of a brand new trailer and gameplay details, before gamers were treated to a star-studded hour of multiplayer gameplay footage. In the aftermath of those events, however, developer DICE has let slip some important news – exactly what nations are playable in the game’s multiplayer modes.

On the official Battlefield Twitter account, the developer has revealed which of the many factions of World War I will make an appearance. Quoting a question from one of its followers, the channel explained that the following nations will be playable in multiplayer game modes: British, German, Austro-Hungarian, Italian, Ottoman, and American. Whether more nations will be added to Battlefield 1 at a later date as additional content remains to be seen.

Immediately, some fans and history buffs noticed that there were some important nations missing from this list. In particular, the exclusion of French and Russian forces raised a few eyebrows. This is most curious given the role that both nations played in the war, with France and Russia suffering the largest loss of life among Allied forces over the course of the conflict.

In MP: British, German, Austro-Hungarian, Italian, Ottoman, and American.— Battlefield (@Battlefield) June 13, 2016

However, the development team behind Battlefield 1 may have reasons for choosing those specific nations, and it may come down where to the different parts of the single-player campaign are set. DICE has already explained that the game will jump to different parts of World War I, and one might expect that this both means geographically and by year. As such, conflicts involving French and Russian forces may not play a part in the campaign mode of the game at all.

Some of the nations involved, meanwhile, will not come as much of a surprise. The gaming community already knew that American forces would be involved in the game, due to the large focus on the Harlem Hellfighters in the game’s marketing, collection’s edition, and the announcements that have taken place up to this point. Meanwhile, the appearance of a bedouin warrior woman in trailers has heavily suggested that the Ottoman Empire would feature significantly in at least one of the chapters of the game.

So far, Battlefield 1 is shaping up to be a very strong addition to the franchise as a whole. DICE has already intrigued many gamers through its change of setting, while a focus on historical accuracy would not go amiss in the final product. Hopefully, DICE will prove the EA executives who believed younger players would be confused by World War I wrong, and the game ends up fulfilling its potential.

Battlefield 1 will be released on October 21, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Source: Twitter