EA and DICE had one of the most successful unveiling in history for the company when they revealed Battlefield 1’s premise. The initial trailer drop even ranked the most-liked trailer for anything on YouTube.
Fans of the FPS genre have been craving a throwback setting for campaigns to enjoy and DICE listened. Although – it almost didn’t happen. We reported last month about EA Studio Boss Patrick Soderlund’s initial rejection of the idea about a game set in World War 1 (WW1) and now Blake Jorgenson, EA CFO, is putting in his two cents.
Jorgenson was a guest at the Global Technology Conference this year and used that opportunity to open up about the rocky road that led to Battlefield 1’s ultimate release. With a lot of debate centered around the time period, he mentioned that this game almost didn’t happen at all. The main concern was that the younger gamers wouldn’t even know that World War 1 happened.
“World War 1, we were worried that many of the younger consumers out there didn’t know that there was a World War 2 or Vietnam, so World War 1 …”
There is a lot of opportunity within this specific time period, there is a reason why it was in such a high demand among gamers. When DICE first revealed their intentions for the next Battlefield, EA was hesitant to see that potential. They thought it wouldn’t be a desirable experience for players to engage in trench warfare. Luckily, they took a step back and realised that WW1 was a major turning point in history, both with the events themselves and the technological shifts that occurred.
“I think what people don’t understand about World War 1 is the technology shift that went on during the way. People started the war on horseback and ended the war with airplanes and tanks and battleships and submarines. And that’s a huge opportunity for us to be able to do a video game around.”
The latest addition to the Battlefield franchise is set to drop on October 21. For those who have EA/Origin Access, or Deluxe Edition Owners, the game will be playable October 18th. You can also check out that sweet, sweet collector’s edition below: