Analysis: Every Detail From The New Battlefield Image on Xbox Dashboard

Thanks to a user on Reddit by the name of Criop20 it seems all but confirmed the next Battlefield will be set in some version of WW1. From what we can gather, he’s wearing the trench coat in a ‘cape style’ and is carrying a Mauser C96 and trench club/grenade with a Zeppelin in background.

UPDATE:

A new poster image has just leaked confirming the next Battlefield will be titled ‘Battlfield 1’:

He also seems to be carrying this Sterling SMG on his hip:

The Sterling submachine gun is a British submachine gun. It was tested with the British Army in 1944–1945 as a replacement for the Sten but it did not start to replace it until 1953. It remained in use until 1994, when it was phased out at the end of the phase-in period of the L85A1 assault rifle.

Alternatively, it could also be a MP18 SMG:

The MP 18 manufactured by Theodor Bergmann Abteilung Waffenbau was the first practical submachine gun used in combat. It was introduced into service in 1918 by the German Army during World War I as the primary weapon of the Sturmtruppen, assault groups specialized in trench combat. Although MP18 production ended in the 1920s, its design formed the basis of most submachine guns manufactured between 1920 and 1960.

Either way, this at least confirms we will be going back to World War One in the next Battlefield game, whether it’s an alternative version or not remains to be seen.

As you can see, the solider also appears to be holding some sort of spiked melee weapon. Well, this indeed looks like a ‘trench raiding club’ which were homemade melee weapons used by both the Allies and the Central Powers during World War I. Clubs were used during nighttime trench raiding expeditions as a quiet and effective way of killing or wounding enemy soldiers:

The World War One setting was rumoured a couple of weeks back and we even reported on it, which you can read here. The rumour was first spotted on NeoGaf, and the store listing lists October 25 as a release date. It includes the description “Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg” which translates to “Multiplayer tactical shooter in WW1”.

In that same article, I went on to explain some of the problems with such a setting being a fit for the Battlefield series as a student of History myself:

If this is true, it could prove to be a huge risk for DICE and EA. As someone who studies History, the Great War could be difficult to be the setting for a full-fledged Battlefield game due to the simple limitation of weapons and vehicles that were avaliable during WW1. Tanks were only really introduced in the battlefield during the Battle of the Somme and even then only 35 tanks took part in the battle, with many of those breaking down. The point is, with a series where a blend of ground and vehicular warfare is part of the games DNA, WW1 could be difficult for DICE to fit a Battlefield game in. Further, WW1 was focused on the use of trench warfare where it might be harder to imagine much of Battlefield’s explosive action could be replicated very well.

 However, one clue in the teaser that has conjured a new theory for me is the shadow looming over the soldier in the teaser. If he is indeed standing up, it must be something pretty large to shroud him in its shadow. As per the era, it could indeed be a Zeppelin. The German strategic bombing campaign involved bombing which was generally referred to as “Zeppelin raids” But what if it’s an alternative history setting? Similar to the Wolfenstein games where perhaps the tech was more advanced in an alternative timeline, thus being more suited to Battlefield’s style.

Do you think Battlefield 5 will be taking us back to World War One? Would you be happy to go back that far or do you want a modern/futuristic setting?

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