With Battlefield 1 taking place during the first World War, plenty of changes had to be made to help depict an accurate representation of the time. Compared to the modernized installments in the series, Battlefield 1 is going to bring a unique flavor to the combat. However, you shouldn’t be too worried about the distinguishing elements as DICE repeatedly assures us that fans are going to be enthrilled when the first step foot on to the battlefield.
Speaking recently with Engadget, General Manager of DICE Patrick Bach revealed details about the game’s plane and tank combat systems.
Scaling from the scout planes to the bombers to the big airships, and to do all this- of course, all these lived their own lives in the sky. You can just spend your day in the sky, fighting it out. And then of course, like any Battlefield game, it’s the ground to air combat is important, and the goal is to do a representation of what it would feel like to actually fly one of these planes. And again- these planes were actually pretty good. They weren’t bad. People might think that they didn’t know how to make planes back then, but they did.
While noted that World War 1 was mostly fought in the trenches, it still saw its fair share of dangerous air combat and tank warfare. Many are finding it difficult to compare the vehicular combat experience between Battlefield 1 and recent titles like Battlefield 3 and 4. World War 1 was the first industrialized and mechanized war, and DICE wants us to realize that vehicular combat in Battlefield 1 is not in any way underwhelming.
The developer stated that it has made it inviting, and players familiar with the series will not have any issues piloting planes and fighting in the air. Additionally, players shouldn’t underestimate the power of World War 1 tanks. “They do have a lot of stopping power, and you would probably behave the same way when you saw a tank as you would when you saw an 880,” said Bach.
Battlefield 1 is scheduled for an official release on October 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.