'Battlefield 1' release date: game almost did not come to life due to the rejection of an EA Boss


The reveal trailer for “Battlefield 1” has made fans of the franchise rave over it, and it also reached over 31 million views on YouTube making the anticipation of its release hyped up. Even though the game has been receiving much hype, it almost did not push through if the developers of DICE did not fight for the idea of going back to World War I.

As reported by Gamespot, it was EA’s Investor Day briefing which was held yearly in EA Studios when the executive of the company, Patrick Soderlund, mentioned that he was not comfortable with the idea of WWI. For the executive, the idea that was pitched to him was not exhilarating. Furthermore, he said, “World War 1, its trench warfare; it can’t be fun to play.”

He also gave more reasons saying, “If you look at what other partners in the industry are doing, they’re going into sci-fi; we’ve had a lot of success in the modern military space. But we felt like there was a need for a change.”

Also, in an interview of IBT, the executive explained his opinion why he wasn’t comfortable with the idea at first by saying, “It wasn’t, maybe, the most obvious choice in the beginning. Obviously with [Battlefield] 2, 3, 4 and the Bad Company series we’ve been in the modern era.”

However, the team behind “Battlefield 1” did not waiver with their persistence and eventually convinced Soderlund to push through with the project.

“They came back with an incredible pitch, and gave me a glimpse at World War 1 and how different it was and what happened from 1914-1918. Basically, you went from swinging swords from the back of a horse in 1914 to flying bomber planes and tanks and submarines in 1918.” This was the reason that the executive gave when he was enlightened that the idea of WWI for “Battlefield 1” should move forward.

There is no definite release date yet for “Battlefield 1,” but it is slated to be launched in October on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.