EA revealed in their first quarter financial report that Battlefield 1 has been played by more than 21 million people. Compare that to the 19 million players who had fought in this digital reimagining of World War I by May this year, and it’s clear the game is still going strong.
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The FPS has gone from strength to strength, with its launch surpassing both Battlefield Hardline and Battlefield 4. The new numbers, however, don’t necessarily translate into sales. While 21 million players or more may have played Battlefield 1, as PC Gamer notes, there’s been a ‘Play First’ trial available since last year, allowing people to dip their toe into the game for ten hours.
Regardless, it’s a vast number of people, and EA plans to make the most of this attention by releasing more expansions, the next of which will be unveiled at Gamescom in August. CEO Andrew Wilson boasted that it would be the “richest Battlefield 1 experience yet,” and that it would contain “the all-out warfare, epic multiplayer battles and War Stories campaign that have defined the game, plus new maps, deeper progression, and additional fan-favorite game modes.”
Matt found the game to be fun and diverting in his Battlefield 1 review last year, though not without its flaws. “While Battlefield 1 may not be the best epic war game DICE have ever produced, it’s still a fun, hectic, exhilarating ride. There’s no denying that the Swedish developers know exactly what key gears are required to make a superb game. It’s just that this time the smaller, outer cogs didn’t come out of the mould quite perfectly.”