Update: We’ll be providing live details here as the event takes place and the debut trailer for the game is revealed.
Following a chat with design director Lars Gustavsson about his history with the series, EA Studios executive VP Patrick Soderlund came on stage to announce the new game: Battlefield 1.
The new game is set during World War I and features new melee weapons, horses, and biplanes. The trailer shows a rapid series of encounters with tanks, flamethrowers, battleships, artillery, and encounters in trenches. We also get to see the soldier seen in yesterday’s teaser, and it turns out the shadow being cast across his face was due to an enormous zeppelin flying overhead.
Original Story: At 1 PM PST/9 PM GMT, EA will offer “a first look at the future of Battlefield,” revealing the latest entry in DICE’s popular first-person shooter franchise. The event will be streamed and you can watch the entire thing here.
Before this, however, viewers will be treated to a lengthy history lesson on the series. Developers from DICE will run through Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 3, Battlefield Hardline, and Battlefield 4, providing insider insight on each title’s development, release, and reception.
There’s been much speculation as to what the new game could be, with many hoping that it will return to World War II to differentiate itself from the many modern/future warfare currently available and on the way. Of course, others are hoping to see a new futuristic setting, no doubt due to nostalgia for Battlefield 2142.
Although EA hasn’t said much about the game, a nine-second video teaser released on May 5 has provided some clues. It features the face of a soldier as a large shadow is cast over it. He stares up at the source, but it’s difficult to make out exactly what it is. The best guess is a some sort of large aircraft.
It was also previously teased that the Battlefield series will return to a “military-style game” and is already shaping up to be a “fun, new Battlefield.” Either way, we’ll know what it is soon enough.
As always GameSpot will be on hand to offer the latest updates on the new Battlefield as an when they’re revealed.