Following its reveal last year, Battlefield 1‘s first trailer ended up becoming YouTube’s most popular game trailer of 2016, beating out the likes of fellow first-person shooters such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and DOOM. With this being the case, it’s safe to say that the footage’s prominence at the forefront of the gaming community’s collective mind led to the YouTuber known as Kubstoff to demake the video by animating it in the Microsoft Paint application.
As seen below in Kubstoff’s MS Paint version of the original Battlefield 1 trailer, all of the familiar scenes shown in the source footage are stripped of their high resolution details in favor of rudimentary line drawings and colors, with the frame-by-frame pacing being reminiscent of the earliest cartoons from American writer/animator and China, IL creator Brad Neely. The only aspect of the first Battlefield 1 trailer that remains fully intact is the electronic overhaul of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”
Of course, those well-versed in the art of animation will be quick to point out that there’s no way Kubstoff’s remake of the original Battlefield 1 trailer is purely sourced in MS Paint. As it so happens, the YouTuber actually explained the work put into the recreation, saying, “It’s 70% paint and 20% photoshop to add shadows, lighting, and details and 10% Sony Vegas to animate the planes, horses, and propellers.”
Interestingly enough, Kubstoff’s take on the Battlefield 1 reveal trailer may not necessarily be his last attempt at taking the realistic-looking graphics of a modern video game trailer and making them appear as if they were drawn in MS Paint. According to the creator, after posting the above piece of footage, a bevy of folks have already been clamoring for a follow-up, asking for Kubstoff to redo The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s trailer in the Microsoft program. Considering the positive reception of the Battlefield 1 demake, fans will likely respond well to any of the YouTuber’s next projects.
Battlefield 1 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.