EA Takes On the Great War

The latest EA first-person-shooter could be set in World War I, according to a listing by a German retailer.  While it’s still speculation, the news likely resonates with the many gamers who have been calling for a return to the World War shooters of the past.  The original first-person-shooters were almost exclusively set in World War II, I’m pretty sure I’ve virtually stormed the beach of Normandy at least five times in my life.

The game was first spotted on the German retailer Word of Games, the listing read “Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg,” (Multiplayer tactical shooter in WWI) for Battlefield 5.  It goes on to list the game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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The site also lists an October 26th release date.  This correlates with a recent Inquisitr article stating that EA plans to release multiple new games between October 2016 and May 2017.  EA has yet to confirm the release date nor any real details for Dice’s next entry into the Battlefield series.

I’m hesitant about the World War I setting.  World War II was a lot simpler to create a game around.  There was a clear villain and a clear hero.  Slaughtering hordes of Nazis caused no moral problems or dilemmas.  I never hesitated while shooting German soldiers.  But World War I is much more complicated.  There were no real winners, only horrific tragedy.  Over 37 million soldiers died and no battles were glorious.  Verdun and Somme were horrifying tragedies as military advancements combined with obsolete tactics led to vicious slaughter.  While Valiant Hearts was able to use this setting to its advantage, that was only because it focused on the depression and horror of the war.  With the exception of Spec Ops: The Line, first-person-shooters don’t focus on the horrors of war, but rather the glory of it.  There was no glory during this war, only sorrow.

If this is true, it could show the industry returning to its roots.  With the kickstarter Battallion: 1944 already reaching its financial goal, a successful Battlefield 5 in a World War era setting could cause Call of Duty and other franchises to follow suit and abandon its focus on futuristic warfare.

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