The world was set on fire during the Battlefield world premiere event were the next installment in the beloved franchise, Battlefield 1, was displayed proudly to the world. It had been speculated on for a while that the next Battlefield would be the polar opposite of what rival Activision is doing with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and bring us a WW1-era shooter. These speculations panned out to be true and the trailer was met with aww and amazement. It sky rocketed and became one of the most watch video game trailers of ALL TIME!
With over 32 million views and almost 2 million likes, it's pretty safe to say that fans were very impressed by Dice's showing and were fond of the WW1 setting, a great change of pace from Sci-Fi shooters. Apparently however, when Dice approach EA with the pitch for the game they were very against the idea of a WW1 era shooter, and it took them some time to approve of the concept.
EA Was Very Against The Idea Of Trench Warfare?
Lets be honest, we were all a bit skeptical going into the Battlefield world premiere and were worried that WW1 simply would not work in a modern shooter. EA had the same feelings but when your investing hundreds of millions into a game, you are a bit more careful. During EA's Investor Day, Vice President of EA Patrick Söderlund said that he turned down Battlefield 1's pitch and was very against it.
"It wasn't the most obvious choice," he said.
"If you look at what other partners in the industry are doing, they're going into sci-fi. We've had a lot of success in the modern military space. But we felt like there was a need for a change."
"When the team presented the idea to me of World War I, I absolutely rejected it."
"I said, World War I, it's trench warfare, it can't be fun to play."
It's crazy to think that Battlefield 1, which immediately became one of the most anticipated games of the year, almost didn't happen. Söderlund went on to say that Dice had to create a demo of the game to sway him to the positive side of things.
Dice's 10 Year Vision Almost Never Became Reality!
It was revealed to Eurogamer that this has been their vision for the past 10 years!
"And we wanted to challenge ourselves. We had made a few games set in the modern era, quite a few in a row. We thought this setting had so much cool stuff in it, and it fit our needs.
"Also, it shouldn't be a secret that this is for some people in the studio an idea they wanted to do for at least 10 years."
It's crazy to think that Dice has had this idea locked away somewhere for 10 years! I must admit, they are picking the absolutely perfect time to do it and they are really going to capitalize on the outdated Sci-Fi shooter market! And just to think, if this game's pitch was rejected at first. Imagine what other great ideas haven't made it to production...
See You On The Battlefield October 21st!