Battlefield 5 Strongly Rumored to be Set in World War 1

By Published February 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

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Well, maybe -- a NeoGAF listing by EA re-confirmed Battlefield 5, a game we already knew would ship from a recent EA earnings call. While this isn’t shocking, the setting is: according to the store listing, the Battlefield franchise will go back in time to World War 1. This rumor starts with the listed description of the game (now redacted), which states auf Deutsch that the game in question is “Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg.” In the language of the victors, that’s “multiplayer tactical shooter in WW1.” If the unintentional leak is true, this would be a first for the Battlefield franchise and takes us back farther than its 1942 - Vietnam roots.

World War 1 has not provided nearly as much video game content as its predecessor. This is likely attributed to the heavy trench warfare that comprised most of WW1; soldiers in the first War spent a lot of their time in trenches, waiting for the command to “go over the top” and charge into gunfire from the enemy trench. When they weren’t charging into enemy fire and bayonets, soldiers had to deal with heavy artillery bombardment and gas attacks. As brave as these men were, for games, it just hasn’t held the same level of excitement as the blitzkriegs, paratroopers, and urban warfare that were iconic of WW2.

According to the same source, Battlefield 5 is expected to release at the end of October later this year, which again coincides with the earnings call (previously stated “in time for the holidays”). Those interested in another modern take on first World War can check out the online FPS Verdun by M2H and Blackmill Games.

Last modified on February 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

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