Battlefield 1 appears to have become a hit with gamers and critics alike. It's a solid first-person shooter, but the real accomplishment is how much it does differently. Much of that is due to the setting that it placed itself in. World War I is often overlooked due to its larger, and slightly more recent, brother. However, making this outside the box change appears to have worked for them.
While it could be easy for EA and Dice to make the decision to go looking for a new place to play in the next Battlefield title, what they've actually done with Battlefield 1 is create a solid introduction to an era that needs a deeper examination. While there will certainly be a time when the series will need to move on to something else, there's absolutely some value in following up Battlefield 1 with more stories from "the war to end all wars."
Nobody Else Is Going To Touch It
By getting there first, Battlefield I has staked a claim on this part of history. EA's major competitor Call of Duty, has been moving forward in time instead of back, and as such they've been getting some (unfavorable) comparisons to Halo. If CoD or anybody else for that matter, made a WWI game now, they'll only be accused of trying to copy Battlefield 1. The entire era is there for the exploring and it will be a long time before we see another game set in this time period unless these people make it happen.
There's So Much Left To Explore
Battlefield 1 does a fantastic job showing off the various theaters of the first World War, as well as using a diverse cast of characters to do it. However, Battlefield 1 is the equivalent of taking a lower division history course on the 20th century and spending a week on WWI. We're ready for the graduate level class now. We could take a deeper dive into any of the places that Battlefield 1 showed us or we could do something totally new that the first game doesn't even deal with. If FPS games can basically spend an entire console generation on World War II, there's certainly enough content on World War I for another game.
Everybody Might Learn Something
First and foremost a video game must be enjoyable to play. As such, first person shooters focus on their game mechanics and involve large amounts of shooting things. Battlefield 1 tries to do something a bit different, however, and tell a compelling story about the horrors of war. Of course, it does this while having you shoot a bunch of people. It's a tough balance to maintain and your particular view of their success may vary, but surely taking another shot at it will only help them perfect the formula. If we can come away from a sequel with a clearer understanding of exactly what made World War I happen, a topic not touched on during the campaign of this game, maybe it will help make sure it never happens again.
There's A Serious Lack Of Biplane Dogfighting Games
While Battlefield 1 still focuses on being a first person shooter, it does a lot of additional stuff to help keep the game from getting monotonous. One of these things is giving you different sorts of combat for some missions which includes tanks, and more importantly, planes. The biplane dogfighting was far and away the best part of the game in my opinion and there wasn't nearly enough of it. I could use several more levels of that as it was a lot of fun and it's another type of gameplay that we simply don't see a lot of.