The release of the trailer for the Battlefield 1 trailer on May 6 made the game one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. Now, a recently launched video, courtesy of YouTube channel The Great War, is letting us know that the trailer is also historically accurate to a degree that surprised many.
The forthcoming first-person shooter game was developed by Stockholm-based video game developer EA DICE and published by Californian video game publisher and distributor Electronic Arts. The game, designed by Daniel Berlin, players can control several characters, with the multiplayer supporting not more than 64 players. They will be able to use rifles, flame throwers and melee weapons such as shovels and sabres. The players will also be able to take tanks into battle as well as fly biplane aircraft and even ride horses. But, perhaps even more worthy of a mention, the new game will feature a squad system, enabling groups of players to enter and leave together the game servers. While it is possible to play the game without joining a squad, gameplay will be more difficult, Berlin explained.
According to Indy Neidell from The Great Wall YouTube channel, many of the weapons, scenes and apparel seen in the trailer are historically accurate. For instance, the way tanks moved when hitting the enemy trenches and the zeppelins flown, as well as the weapons carried by soldiers are all authentic. Moreover, the experts noted, where the Battlefield 1 trailer excels is in the details. Many will be surprised to see a German soldier hitting an enemy with a shovel. However, this happened more often that one would imagine, as, experts argue, battlefield experience showed that bayonets would often get stuck when used in fight. Similarly, in one scene a British soldier is pictured using an anti-armor rifle of German making. Again, this happened often, as combatants would capture and use weapons that were superior technologically from the enemy and use them against the opposite side.
However, the game is expected to make use of the artistic license granted to such products and will undoubtedly incorporate a substantial share of fantasy scenes. Also, it is not sure whether all scenes depicted in the trailer will make their way into the final product.
Battlefield 1 is to be launched on October 21.
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