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Battlefield 1 setting was originally rejected in fear of younger players not knowing World War 1

By Francesco De Meo, June 2, 2016

With most first person shooter games coming with a modern or futuristic setting, the revealed of the Battlefield 1 setting was indeed welcome. Things, however, could have been different, as publisher EA revealed that they originally rejected the Battlefield 1 World War 1 setting.

Patrick SöderlundPatrick SöderlundA few hours ago, EA CEO Patrick Soderlund revealed during the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Global Technology Conference that the debate surrounding Battlefield 1 World War 1 setting was also due to the fear of younger fans not knowing about World War 1. Their fear, however, has proven to be unfounded, judging by how much fans of the series loved last month’s reveal.

“World War 1, we were worried that many of the younger consumers out there didn’t know that there was a World War 2 or Vietnam, so World War 1...”

Soderlund also elaborated further on how they changed their minds after learning that World War 1 was more than just trench warfare, with the technology shift which happened during the war providing a lot of interesting opportunities.

“I think what people don’t understand about World War 1 is the technology shift that went on during the war. People started the war on horseback and ended the war with airplanes and tanks and battleships and submarines. And that’s a huge opportunity for us to be able to do a video game around.”

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