Here we are talking about video games again. The industry has been moving in a certain direction, particularly when it comes to triple A titles – the future. More and more games are including futuristic scenarios, technologies, weapons, and others. In fact, it has become a favored trick of game developers to just say that the game is set in the future and make the HUD part of the character’s own user interface.
This was very noticeable recently after the new Call of Duty reveal showed that the game will have a futuristic setting and will even include spaceships. Fans were distraught and critics predicted that while the game might not bomb, it will certainly get fewer sales than it should be expected.
But while Activision might have dropped the ball by setting their next first person shooter into the future, EA did the opposite. Surprising their fans in a good way for the first time in years, EA sets Battlefield 1 in World War 1. This stirred hugely positive reactions from fans of the genre and critics alike.
Aside from the fact that Battlefield totally won this year’s battle against Call of Duty, it’s a very, very good idea to set the game in WW1. First of all, gamers have been asking for a first person shooter in WW1 for quite a while, since as fun as killing Nazis can be, it does tend to get old after decades of slaughtering them.
Plus, it would seem like the game is going to approach one of the most celebrated divisions in the entirety of WW1 – the Harlem Hellfighters. They were a troupe of African-American soldiers that fought in the First World War and survived more than any other American unit.
Sent to fight for their country in a time when no other white soldiers wanted to fight alongside them, the members of the regiment were the first ever Americans to receive French military decorations. They also broke the mold by getting a resounding homecoming parade despite being Africa-American in the 20th century.
It is unclear whether the game will actually focus on them, but is we are to take our cues from the box art and the collectible statue that will come with the collector’s edition, they will be featured prominently. Still, the World War 1 setting will prove to fare much better than any modern historical FPS.
With the game due to be launched in October, it’s clear that Battlefield 1 still has a long way to go until it’s anywhere near ready to be played. Knowing how gaming companies do their business, EA will probably have the final build ready a couple of week prior to the launch. And they’ll still require a first day patch.
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