Battlefield 1: EA Was Afraid Young Gamers Didn\’t Know There Was a WWI


battlefieldEA’s Battlefield series began with Battlefield 1942 and does include a Vietnam entry, but Battlefield 1’s World War I setting almost didn’t happen. Despite the series beginning with WWII, and including a forgotten Vietnam entry, EA was actually worried that younger gamers didn’t know about World War I when deciding on the setting of the game.

This revelation was made by EA’s Patrick Soderlund at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Global Technology Conference, and WCCF Tech has the actual quote:

“World War 1, we were worried that many of the younger consumers out there didn’t know that there was a World War 2 or Vietnam, so World War 1…”

If you think about where the FPS genre is in 2016, this does make some sense. When EA began Battlefield with WWII and Vietnam on the PC, that targets a bit of an older audience. But with Battlefield moving to the consoles to compete directly against Call of Duty, you run into the kids to play the games who may not be as aware of WWI and WWII as older PC gamers are. Based on the reactions to the Battlefield 1 trailer, those worries don’t seem to be an issue with the game as it looks like more people are excited for DICE’s latest than the new Call of Duty at this point.