DICE’s upcoming first-person shooter, Battlefield 1, released a trailer containing information on its story (seen above). Together with the trailer, Battlefield 1‘s story was given more detail in a blog on the game’s website. According to the update, the game won’t feature a single protagonist that the player will follow through the game, and instead will showcase many figures during the conflict through War Stories. DICE describes these war stories as “personal stories focusing on different protagonists with unique backgrounds and skills. While [Battlefield 1‘s] characters are at war, the stories in Battlefield 1 are personal”.
“The Great War is diverse. We knew we wanted to embrace that variety. There were so many different perspectives and characters in World War 1 and we wanted to cover as much ground as possible.”
This format gives Battlefield 1 the freedom to show the different perspectives of the various combatants from the war. It will also allow the game to change locations, and possibly even sides, in the conflict in a smoother manor than a single protagonist might be able to.
The blog post uses the war story Through the Mud and Blood as an example of how the conflicts primarily highlight the characters. This war story focuses on a younger solder who is stationed as a driver for one of the British Mark V tank crews. In the words of Jonas Elfving and Eric Holmes (the writers of the blog): ” Our hero is also struggling with earning the trust of his fellow crew members, so there’s a social dynamic in the story, making the whole thing something personal”.
Throughout Battlefield 1 you can expect to run into historical characters who had major roles in shaping the outcome of the war. The blog highlights Lawrence of Arabia and the Red Barron, though what the players interaction with them will be is still to be determined.
Battlefield 1 is scheduled to be released on October 21st, on XBox One, PlayStation 4, and on PC through EA‘s client Origin.