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.
Personally, 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.
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.
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