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Gaming Blend recently reported on the reasoning behind why Battlefield 1 almost didn’t happen, but now at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Global Technology Conference with EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, he exclaimed that there were other concerns about Battlefield 1 besides just tackling the WWI theme.
GameSpot reported that Jorgensen had a very specific worry, stating,
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…
While WWI is still one of the major wars that has plagued the world, it isn’t necessarily as popular as WWII and Vietnam. WWII had a lot of coverage media-wise and Vietnam had live warfare broadcasted on TV, but EA’s biggest concern was while many young people know about WWII and Vietnam, would they know enough about WWI to understand the gameplay?
Jorgensen commented on the most important aspect of WWI that the younger audience might miss, saying,
I think what people don't understand about World War 1 is the technology shift that went on during the war," Jorgensen said. "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.
WWI lasted for four years and three months, and if you count fighting in Turkey as part of WWI, then it’d be eight years and two months. Even in the span of four years, so many things can change. In four years today, social media has become even stronger than it ever has been before with such a powerful influence over society. Now, instead of emailing or writing complaints to companies, all you have to do is Tweet to them and someone will get back to you. And in this critical moment in history during WWI, a shift in technology happened and you see that come alive in Battlefield 1.
It’s totally understandable why EA had concerns about introducing a WWI theme to a younger audience, but there’s another thing you have to think about. WWI was also one of the most brutal world wars. And in that brutality, you can take advantage of some very intriguing and unique weapons and gameplay. So while it’s concerning that a younger audience might not understand the happenings in the gameplay, the experience will still feel immersive and unlike any other Battlefield game before it. Let's just say I, along with many others, are glad this idea didn't get axed.
You can currently pre-order both the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition and the Standard Edition from the Battlefield 1 website. The Deluxe Edition will allow fans early access to the game on October 18 outside of the original October 21 release date. If you’d like to find out more information on Battlefield 1, you can visit the official website.