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Would you like to know more about battlefield

DICE and Electronic Arts’ latest entry in the Battlefield franchise is marching to a trench line near you, but what do we actually know about it so far?
The easy stuff first: There’s a battle, there are fields and 1 is considered the loneliest number. Fortunately there’s a lot more to Battlefield 1 than that and below is a growing list of facts drip feeding out of DICE and EA.
When is it set?
There’s a double meaning to the name Battlefield 1 as it ties nicely with its time period, which is arguably the very first major conflict of ‘modern warfare’. World War One or The Great War is the backdrop to Battlefield 1, but it’s not exactly how the history books remember it.
It’s got a bit of alternate history to its narrative excusing the reason why so many prototype weapons have joined the fray en masse in Battlefield 1. These prototypes did in fact exist but were rarely ever deployed.
What maps will we be fighting in?
DICE has started revealing the fields we’ll be scarring in Battlefield 1 and they’ve got some juicy teases on the official Battlefield website.
• St. Quentin Scar – Northern France
“A massive attack on the scarred battlefields of northern France. As part of the Kaiser’s battle, the German army throws everything they have to try to break through the British lines. Prepare for truly cataclysmic assaults as you push through the trenches of the St. Quentin Scar. Be the first soldier to break through the fortified lines and assault the pristine village of Travecy, untouched by the war… until now.”
• Sinai Desert – Egypt
“Engage in all-out war in Sinai Desert, a scorching hot battlefield located just East of El-Jifar. From infantry skirmishes in the narrow streets of the village of Bir el Mazar to dogfights above the majestic cliffs, you’ll need to make tactical use of the dunes as you engage in explosive battles. When all hope is lost, reinforcements will arrive in the shape of a powerful Behemoth: a deadly Armored Train charging through the desert sands.”
• Amiens – France
“A destructive clash in a majestic city. Fight on the streets and squares in French city of Amiens during the German spring offensive. A struggle in crumbling alleys, a courthouse, around bridges and railways where the British and the Germans desperately seek to control the depths of the city.”
• Monte Grappa – Venetian Alps, Italy
“Take part in one of the final battles among the peaks of kings in the Venetian Alps. High up above the clouds a desperate fight for control of mountain forts are challenging even the toughest soldiers. Utilize the massive fort cannons to stop the advancing enemies as they scale the mountainside. Up here, in this furious struggle, the Austro Hungarian Empire holds the upper hand, but the Italian Army won’t stop until they’ve taken back what’s theirs.”
• Empire’s Edge – Adriatic Coast
“Along the Adriatic coast a fierce struggle for land and life is taking place. A rugged but fortified shore becomes the battlefield for an empire under siege. What was once a beautiful Mediterranean village by the coast is now transformed by mechanized war, where waves and dreadnought battleships pound the remains of Italy’s Great War.”
What modes are there going to be?
The usual suspects are here – the staple of a Battlefield game – but DICE has already revealed a new type of mode they’re debuting called Operations. Basically they involve multiple maps as attackers and defenders get in massive tug-of-war rumbles.
• Conquest
“An all-time fan favorite of Battlefield players, Conquest is a large-scale game mode with up to 64 players fighting for the control of key objectives. With large armies on foot or behind the wheel and the addition of fearsome Behemoths, Conquest brings together all the elements of the signature Battlefield All-Out War.”
• Domination
“Domination offers a fast-paced infantry focused combat in close quarter locations. It’s a smaller, but more focused version of Conquest, and the fighting revolves around strategic objectives. Ready your shotgun and sharpen your hatchet – in the Domination game mode things tend to get close and personal.”
• Operations (NEW
“Operations is a completely new way to experience Battlefield multiplayer, giving you the opportunity to fight on an entire front of the Great War. In a sequence of inter-connected battles, a team of attackers attempts to conquer ground and push the frontline forward, as the defenders are trying to push them back. “
“Should the defenders fail to hold their ground on a map, the Operation doesn’t stop here: they will fall back and regroup on a different map, while the attackers will push the assault. Sectors may fall, but players reinforced by gigantic Behemoths can still turn the tide.”
• Rush
“Communications and artillery were crucial during World War I, and Rush mode will have you interacting with both of them. In Rush, the Attacking forces must find and destroy the Defending force’s Telegraph Posts, which the defenders can use to call in artillery strikes.”
“The Defenders can deny the Attackers by disarming the explosives they plant, but should the Telegraph Posts be destroyed, the Defenders must fall back to another sector. The Attackers win the battle if the Telegraph Positions in every sector are destroyed. The Defenders come out victorious if they’re able to run the Attackers out of reinforcements, or by having at least one Telegraph Position left intact when time runs out.”
What about a single-player campaign?
Now what total buffoon would release a Battlefield game these days without a riveting single-player campaign? Think of all that massive warfare as a delicious backdrop to an alternate history of World War One. Sorry, no space battles though.
DICE hasn’t yet said much about the single-player campaign as they are focusing on making sure the multiplayer-side of Battlefield 1 is ready for front line deployment later this year. Lead designer Danny Berlin did say it would “more accurately reflect Battlefield’s open sandboxes.” The story will be from multiple points of view also.
What vehicles do we get to play with?
Vehicles are a serious cornerstone of Battlefield and the new Battlefield 1 is no exception as they even include World War One-era tanks. There’s also armoured trucks, motorcycles and four-legged modes of traversal (horses) to get us around.