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Battlefield 1 Campaign Details Teased, Dev Says Diversity Is a Key Component

"We wanted to challenge some preconceptions."


New details have to come light regarding Battlefield 1's campaign.

Lead designer Daniel Berlin shared some new information and also spoke about how the game overall aims to shine a light on elements of World War 1 people might not know about.

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Talking to GamesBeat, Berlin teased that Battlefield 1's single-player campaign may follow multiple different characters. It "will focus on different stories and different personalities across the world," he said. One of the playable characters will be the Bedouin woman warrior from the announcement trailer.

As for the character on Battlefield 1's cover, an African-American Harlem Hellfighter, Berlin said putting him on the cover was meant to represent EA's overall goal of spotlighting lesser-known elements of WW1.

"When we set out on this game, we wanted to depict not just the common view of what the war was like," he explained. "We wanted to challenge some preconceptions. We want to delve into some of the unknowns of WW1. Maybe people don't know that this person fought or that person fought, that this army was involved. We're stretching out and bringing all those stories into the game."

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Berlin went on to say that some people did not know the Harlem Hellfighters even existed. The game will focus on highlighting diversity, which also extends to the single-player story.

"We want to show diversity in the game," he explained. "That's been a key goal. You can see in the trailer that there's a Bedouin woman warrior on a horse. She's a playable character in the single-player campaign."

Read the full GamesBeat interview here.

Battlefield 1 comes out on October 21 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. A beta will be held before launch, but there is no word yet on when it will begin. EA or Origin Access members on Xbox One and PC, meanwhile, will be able to play the full game on October 18.

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