Why Battlefield 5 Won’t Be World War 1

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There have been spreading rumors all over social media that the upcoming Battlefield 5 is reportedly going to be set in a World War 1 setting, according to the Swiss retail site Wog.ch. People are quick to jump on to things like this. I wouldn’t bother getting excited or worried just yet until there is official word. The game hasn’t been confirmed officially by the Battlefield publisher EA, not even a release date, so nothing can be said yet about the game.

People are quick to jump on to things like this. I wouldn’t bother getting excited or worried just yet until there is official word. The game hasn’t been confirmed officially by the Battlefield publisher EA, not even a release date, so nothing can be said yet about the game.

300X250 Banner MAPersonally, I think that it would look nice, but there would be minimal gameplay variety, I would be very surprised if they actually took the risk to go back to that time period. In the Battlefield 4, there is an insane amount of weapon variety and weapon customization – almost over 100 weapons! There are a lot of gamers out there that say that could be too much. World War 1 would be a completely opposite end of the spectrum, there was not a huge variety of weaponry available, nor the customization that we have grown accustom to, I feel we would primarily see a lot of Bolt action rifles, revolvers, and magnums.

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People hated Battlefield Hardline for a variety of reasons: they strayed too far from the battlefield formula, they essentially released a mod as a triple a title, and it just felt all over lack luster. In my mind there is no way they could keep the battlefield formula in a World War 1 era game. Trench warfare is very dirty work, there are long tedious pauses between each wave, and there were standstills that could last seemingly forever. Battlefield is all about being an action packed, quick paced, first person shooter focused around squad and team combat. An example of this tedious warfare would include: People sitting in trenches camping with Lewis MG’s without pushing objectives, Very clunky tanks that did not have cannons and were actually slower than infantry, biplanes and bombers would absolutely wreak havoc on the battlefield with 20 pound bombs! Most players would be stuck with bolt action rifles while automatic rifles would be very rare. People would just get bored.

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Photoshopped cover for Battlefield 5 WW1. The original picture is called Crash II, a WWII warplane.

A battlefield game set in WW1 would be a very linear game with no weapon variety, stale trench warfare, and limited vehicles. I don’t think that it would provide enough diversity for most players, especially since there wouldn’t be more advanced vehicles such as helicopters and the tanks that we have become used to, in fact those wouldn’t be around until World War 2! As we see in Verdun, Map variety and destructible environments (some of the focal points of battlefield 4!) would be extremely limited in a setting where the most popular type of combat was trench warfare! Based on this picture and an educated guess, I would say that a Battlefield 5 set in the WW2 era is much more likely just based on non-linear gameplay and much more variety.

Overall, I can’t really see a World War 1 Battlefield game happening as it would offer nothing new. I think it would be far too linear and dice would definitely want to make a game that satisfies a much larger audience. We’ve had leaks that stated the game will be called Battlefield 5: Armageddon, I’ll wait for more reliable info, but I think World War 2 is our best guess.

Do you agree with us? Write your opinion in the comments section.

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  • WW1 had not only trenche battle according to other games but also city battle.

    Now the only thing that I’m with is the numbers if firearms. Look a bit boring with only bolt action and semi automatic. But maybe they had automatic firearms. For the planes and other vehicle, there is plenty of it of what I’ve seen in games and wiki.

  • usrev

    erm people didn’t hate hardline because it veered off from Battlefield, they hated hardline because it WAS battlefield 4 with a new skin.

    the biggest complaint about the game and the beta was it was basically BF4, when announced they expected actual cops and robbers, not soldiers dressed up as cops and robbers.

  • tomgillotti

    I’m not trying to be an Internet bully here, but the writing in this article is pretty awful. Grammar and spelling errors galore. It’s hard to take the author seriously with so many glaring mistakes. Please don’t quit writing because I think your points are valid. I would recommend a spell check and a proof read before finalizing your article.

    Here’s to hoping for a modern day Battlefield!

    • Jiung Song

      I agree, although the author does make valid points, the grammar mistakes should really be well looked upon.

  • Ek Moron

    and i’m like… that plane is made in WWII 😀

    • Ross

      Yes, that is true Ek Moron!

      Cheers buddy

  • EddieWine

    Hilarious to read this article 6 months later. You basically got one thing right, it is called Battlefield.