Battlefield 1
A multitude of tanks will appear in Battlefield 1.EA

Battlefield 5 has been revealed... and it's called Battlefield 1. EA announced the game during a livestream event that confirmed the game's World War 1 setting and a 21 October worldwide release date on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The trailer (embedded below) reveals a handful of Battlefield 1's locations - including the Western Front, Italian Alps, a unnamed European city and the Arabian Desert. The footage is set to a cover - of course, it's a video game trailer - of The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army.

EA has also confirmed that the game will be playable at EA Play in June (a fan-event held to coincide with the E3 trade show) and that there will be a open beta later this year. Those who pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition will receive the game early on 18 October, and EA Access subscribers on Xbox One will also get early access for a limited time.

There will be a wide variety of period-appropriate vehicles in the game, including armoured cars, tanks and bi-planes. Cavalry will also play a part for the first time in the series' history - and yes, the horses can be ridden.

During a discussion with members of the Battlefield team at DICE - held at an event in London shortly before the official reveal - 64 player online multiplayer, Assault, Support, Medic and Scout classes, and weapon customisation were all confirmed.

This is DICE's first Battlefield since Battlefield 4, which was released in 2013. Hardline, a spin-off developed by Dead Space team Visceral Games, was released in 2015 to mixed reviews. Since their last Battlefield, DICE has developed Star Wars Battlefront and upcoming sequel Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

Rumours circulated back in February that Battlefield 5 would be set during World War 1, raising questions as to how that would work within the structure of a modern shooter - particularly when it comes to multiplayer. This must have been how a subsequent rumour started which suggested the game would be set in an alternate human history - which is not the case.

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