Electronic Arts were concerned that kids would not have realized that World War 1 even occurred according to CFO Blake Jorgensen. Talking at the 2016 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Technology Conference, Jorgensen admitted that
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 was almost passed over as a viable setting for a video game
When DICE approached EA with the idea of basing Battlefield 1 in a WWI setting EA wasn’t totally sold on the idea of trench warfare being captivation enough for its audience. However, due to the advances in technology throughout the war was appealing.
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.
Battlefield 1 is due to release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the 18th October if you get the Early Enlister version or 21st for everyone else. EA Access on Xbox One and Origin Access on PC subscribers will get to play the game early too.
Plus, if you pre-order you will get the Hellfighter Pack. The content is based on the Harlem Hellfighters, who were the first African-American infantry regiment to enlist for World War 1.