Shocking, I know. DICE is one of the best in the world at releasing fantastic trailers. Hell, name one in the past 5+ years that hasn’t been epic. Today’s new trailer takes us to the Sinai Desert. Horses, tanks, planes, an armored train and more are packed in the short, but awesome trailer.
Hot damn, the Frostbite engine looks good. DICE gave us our first taste of the third version of the engine in Battlefield 4. They blew us away with it in Star Wars: Battlefront. After seeing what they’re doing with Battlefield 1, I don’t know how they can top it. I can’t wait to see them try.
Alright, back to the trailer. First things first. Horses are in multiplayer. Those following Battlefield 1 closely already knew this. DICE’s Tommy Rydling posted an article along with the trailer talking about how horses are changing things up in Battlefield multiplayer.
“The team spent a lot of time making sure the horses feel less like motorcycles and more like… well… horses,” Rydling writes. Horses have minds of their own. While we might like to drive a jeep or tank off a cliff, a horse isn’t too keen on plummeting to its death.
Here’s how DICE tackled it according to Rydling.
A lot of the efforts from a code, animation, audio, art, and design standpoint has been to pinpoint the instances where you’d expect the horse to react on its own. We wanted to make sure that your horse has a sense of realism when approaching dangers in Battlefield 1. It can go into shallow water, but will not swim out to sea. If you gallop towards an obstacle, it will try to avoid or jump over it. The horse will have a lot of character and respond to what’s happening in the world. We hope it will feel like it’s communicating with you when you ride it into battle.
Ok, sounds cool. But I can’t wait to see millions of players get their hands on it. I’m already imagining GIFs of Battlefield 1 horses doing crazy shit.
Gameplay wise, horses are fast enough to harass slow turning tanks – if they get in close enough. Or, you can charge infantry and trample them or whip out your saber and cut them down. They’re even handy for players who like to stay at a distance. Riders will be armed with powerful rifles to keep the opposing team at range.
And it’s not just offense. Horses also act as a mobile supply station. You can ride up to your squadmates, drop off ammo and bandages and charge back into the fray.
Elite classes in Battlefield 1
We get a good look at two elite classes in today’s trailer – the Flame Trooper and Sentry.
The Sentry is decked out in thick armor plating and looks like he belongs in the Medieval era. But when he’s cradling a water-cooled machine gun, he turns into a human tank. According to DICE, the Sentry can’t wear a gas mask under all that armor. While he might take a pounding from regular weapons, a couple well-placed gas grenades should help your team take care of him.
The Flame Trooper is just what it sounds like. His flamethrower makes him a force to be reckoned with up-close. Flame Troopers are also equipped with gas grenades. This will limit their vision, but also protect them. Just keep your distance and you’ll be fine.
Tank Hunter is the third elite class that you’ll be able to play in this month’s open beta. He’s armed with a 1918 Tankgewehr. Picture a regular rifle and then supersize it. This sucker was designed to help take out WWI tanks. And the occasional enemy infantry that gets in your way. There is one drawback, though. You’ll need to be prone to use it. Check out Forgotten Weapons’ in-depth look at the weapon below.
Battlefield 1 beta details
Get ready to storm the battlefields of the past on August 31. The beta will be available on Xbox One, PC (Origin) and PS4. Those who sign up as a Battlefield Insider and choose their platform before August 21 will be eligible to receive early access. No word on exactly how early that access is, but I’ll update this post when I find out.
The Sinai Desert map will be playable in Conquest and Rush with up to 64 players. Everything you see in the Gamescom trailer will be playable. Yep, that includes the big ass train covered in guns.
If you happen to be in Cologne, Germany this week, swing by Gamescom and play a few rounds of Battlefield 1 early. For everyone stuck at home, DICE will host a live stream starting tomorrow at 12 pm PT (3 pm ET).
Battlefield 1 will launch on October 21, 2016.