World War I was the clash of old and new. Horses were still the main means of transportation. And DICE is taking this stark contrast in eras a little further. The developer is taking the Hero Classes of Star Wars Battlefront and cramming them into Battlefield 1 as Elite Classes. We all saw this in action during the multiplayer beta.
Who can forget the infamous one horse, three elite classes?
The Elite Classes carry over the Battlefield 1’s story in the latest teaser. In the 15-second teaser, DICE sets the stage for the war story “Avanti Savoia.” The character’s brother is behind enemy lines and is going to find him.
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Here’s how DICE describes the coming battle:
Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire are deadlocked among the Alps. Braced by snow-capped mountains, neither side can find a way to dislodge their enemy. Meanwhile, the Italian mountaineer regiment Arditi prepares an unorthodox assault. Don your Arditi armor and head up a mountainside as Italian and Austrian forces clash over a strategic fort.
The Arditi were a real unit in World War I. The name comes from the Italian verb ardire, meaning ‘to dare.’ Arditi translates to ‘The Daring Ones.’ And that’s an understatement. These shock troops’ sole mission was to break the enemy trench lines which would then be followed by an assault by regular soldiers.
DICE is taking some creative liberty with the unit. It appears they are meshing together engineers (who wore helmets and used armor to help clear out enemy barbed wire) with the Arditi. It might not be entirely accurate, but it’s a video game. DICE is balancing historical accuracy with trying to make fun gameplay. A delicate balancing act for a conflict like World War I.
DICE’s decision to focus on War Stories sounds like the right one. Those of us with EA Access will get our first look at this for ourselves later this week when Battlefield 1’s trial period begins.
The early trial includes Storm of Steen and Through Mud and Blood. DICE doesn’t want us blowing through our 10-hour trial on all of the story. Makes sense, but it does make me wonder how long the five War Stories will last.
What do you think of DICE’s focus on War Stories for Battlefield 1’s campaign? I play Battlefield games strictly for the multiplayer, but I might just change that up for Battlefield 1. I have a feeling this is going to be the best Battlefield campaign in years. Not that it should be hard to top the previous couple.