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The two biggest shooters (especially on consoles) debuted their reveal trailers last week. And were met with two completely different responses. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s reveal trailer continues to be hammered by the gaming community. While Battlefield One is receiving near universal praise.
Let’s watch the Battlefield One trailer again.
Hot damn, what a trailer!
DICE and EA are enjoying loads of good will from the gaming community today. While Call of Duty stays futuristic, DICE took a chance and went to World War 1. And it appears to be paying off. Hell, I haven’t been this pumped for a shooter since the lead up to Battlefield 4.
DICE doesn’t want a Battlefield 4 repeat
Battlefield 4 is one of my favorite games since the launch of the Xbox One and PS4. But it had a rough stretch following its launch. Server issues plagued the game and made larger matches unplayable. Rush matches were doable, but Conquest was a total bust. DICE would eventually iron these bugs out, but not before many turned away in frustration.
This year, DICE has an opportunity to convert Call of Duty fans into Battlefield fans. And to do this, they’ll need a smooth launch this October. GamesBeat talked to DICE’s Daniel Berlin about this very issue in a recent interview.
“It’s a focus for us,” said Berlin. “We know it was a difficult launch. We’ve been working on this for a long time.”
How is DICE trying to ensure the problems from Battlefield 4 don’t rear their ugly heads again? First, an open beta. Let’s hope they do it earlier enough for it to mean something. E3 sounds like a good time, don’t you think?
Berlin also pointed to the successful launch of Star Wars: Battlefront as proof DICE can handle a high profile launch smoothly. And he’s right; I don’t remember any issues with Battlefront at launch.
It’ll be interesting to watch how gamers respond to Battlefield One and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare this fall. I’ll be buying both, but I would be lying if I didn’t say Battlefield One has me more excited right now. World War 1 with DICE’s Frostbite engine? Sign me the hell up!