Battlefield 1’s Single-player Gameplay Footage showcases the ugly face of WWI

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We recently found out that EA DICE‘s upcoming war saga Battlefield 1 will feature not one, but five different stories as part of its single-player campaign, each with its own playable character. Today, a new video that depicts Battlefield 1‘s single-player mode in greater depth has surfaced.

The new footage is a gameplay video that takes a leaf out of the game’s Storm of Steel chapter. The user who has shared the video was given the footage by the makers while attending “a behind closed doors event at TwitchCon.” The nearly 13 minutes long video gives fans a great look at the creators’ spot-on representation of the Great War. It begins with a man lying in in his bed in apparent peace and quiet, but the next moment he is hurled out into the dank battlefield that is erupting with gunfire and chaos. Our hero is caught in the middle of the madness when the screen suddenly cuts to black. The ensuing message that appears on the screen sums up the First World War in grim words:  “More than 60 million soldiers fought in ‘The War to End All Wars.’ It ended nothing. Yet it changed the world forever. What follows is frontline combat. You are not expected to survive.”

After making this point, the video cuts straight to the Storm of Steel gameplay which shows off Battlefield 1‘s first-person perspective. It looks incredibly realistic, and features an outstanding amount of combat, both at long range and at close quarters. The chapter demonstrated in the footage will be included in the Play First Trial, so EA Access and Origin Access subscribers will be able to try it out for themselves from October 13 prior to the game’s release.

Speaking about the inspiration behind Battlefield 1‘s single-player campaign and its multiple playable characters, DICE said it was necessary to uphold the sheer number and different perspectives of the people whose lives were upturned by the war to give the game a sense of authenticity. The characters are simple people who have been dragged into a world completely alien to them, much like the real soldiers who enlisted in WWI.

Battlefield 1 is one of the most-anticipated releases of October, a month chock-full of big title releases. Battlefield 1 releases on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on October 21, 2016.

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