Battlefield 5 shows up on German retailer site, reportedly set in World War 1

Battlefield 5

Well, this is a turn up. Battlefield 5 has been spotted on German online retailer World of Games, listed for release in October. Most notable is the single line of description that reads "Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg" - in English, a World War 1 tactical shooter. While generally release dates listed in this manner are inaccurate estimations made by the company itself, details rarely are, and may indicate an upcoming announcement.

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You can see the listing here while it lasts, and larger versions of the images over on NeoGAF, as well as the original finding on Twitter. While another DICE-made entry in the Battlefield series has been assumed to be on the way, this is the first we've seen of it outside that. The return to the past has been much requested, though the choice of World War 1 is odd for various reasons - not only is WW2 more common, but it's easier to gamify, many already have the knowledge required to understand its various theatres and, frankly, it's just more interesting.

Still, trench warfare with modern game design principles and graphics has proven popular recently with the likes of Verdun, and early-1900s warfare in general with Battalion 1944. It's also worth noting that this listing for Battlefield 5 makes no mention of the previous generation of consoles - all new tech, all the time. That seems like the correct decision to me, the old generation should be left behind even if their install base is larger - the graphical improvements alone make switching over worth it.

What would you think of a WW1 Battlefield? Do you prefer the day-after-tomorrow future-tech that currently dominates the larger FPS franchises, or do you think there's riper opportunities elsewhere?

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Esivo avatarHousemeister avatarChris Evans avatarSlakt avatar
Esivo Avatar
1 Year ago

Will be refreshing to have something different finally, and good to revisit World War era.

Housemeister Avatar
1 Year ago

Would love to see this era for an FPS, especially as mentioned in the article that so many games are being 'over-modernized'. Look forward to more updates!

Chris Evans Avatar
1 Year ago

Well World War One was more than just trench warfare in different theatres of war...colour me interested!

Slakt Avatar
12 Months ago

Wow, I might find Battlefield interesting again. Trenches, mustard gas and low visibility, sudden sight of the worlds first tank warfare... epic bi-planes. Observation ballons. Mustaches. Bagpipes. Squad teamplay and game mechanics from the latest BF-series. If 20 % of these mentioned stuff is in the game, it's an instant hit with me.