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A couple of Battlefield 1’s lesser known mechanics.

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Battlefield 1 has been in the hands of the community for a while now, even if its official release date is yet to come. One particular mechanic the game doesn’t communicate is the ability to slide.

This is definitely a new addition to the series, and it allows you to use your momentum to get into cover, or around a corner, quickly. All you need to do is hit the crouch button after you’ve been running for a bit to perform it.

The distance you slide is very short, but is usually just enough to get you out of trouble. You can also aim your gun at a different angle than the one you’re sliding towards mid-slide.

One other community-discovered quirk that’s perhaps a little less intended than the slide, is the ability to boost teammates over high walls. Basically, one player has to crouch near a wall and the other needs to try and jump over him. While doing that, the crouched player can stand up to boost his teammate up.

It looks like an unintended side effect of the new vault animations, but we’ll take it. Here’s YouTube channel Thuvan showing it off.

You can play Battlefield 1 now if you’re willing to pay extra for the Early Enlister Edition. It comes out Friday officially, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.



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Are you constantly seeing locked squads with just one or two players in them? You’re not alone.

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Battlefield 1 offers perhaps the best squad-up feature out of any game in the series. It’s easier than ever, both on PC and consoles, to party up with players before joining a game and have everyone end up being on the same team, in the same squad.

Unfortunately, this feature comes with a bizarre drawback: whenever you join with a group of friends, the squad you end up in gets automatically locked. This may make sense initially, considering this group of friends could be using the in-game voice chat and may not want a random player listening in.

More and more people are using this feature now, though, which means other players are seeing more and more locked squads with two players, and sometimes with just one. Battlefield 1 will put you in a squad and lock it whenever you have people in your group, even if they’re not currently playing.

The issue has gotten big enough to warrant multiple Reddit threads about it.

Solo players who want to play together in a squad and push the objectives are particularly frustrated, as they’re running into servers where the entire squad screen is full of locked squads.

The solution is easy, but because many are completely unaware their squad is even locked, they don’t bother doing it. Put simply, all you need to do is head over to the squad screen and click the little lock icon to open up your squad. That way, any player will be able to join you, and you’ll be able to spawn on them in turn.

Battlefield 1 is available now for Early Enlisters, and is out Friday for everyone else on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Let’s take a look at Battlefield 1 player numbers so far, across all three platforms.

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Although Battlefield 1 doesn’t officially launch until Friday, thousands of players across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One have already logged many hours of play.

But just how many managed to get in early? The ever helpful P-Stats have begun tracking Battlefield 1 across the three platforms. As you can see, at the time of writing, there are 90,063 players currently in game. These numbers cover Early Enlisters and EA/Origin Access members.

The per-platform split is where it gets interesting, PC has the lowest count with 22,90 playing now and a peak of 64,575 in the last 24 hours. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are in a similar league. The former currently has 33,048 in-game, having peaked at 94,229 in the last 24 hours.

There are 31,664 players online now on Xbox One, with the 24 hour peak standing at 124,684 – the highest of the bunch.

PC numbers are definitely lower than what the platform has historically been capable of, but it may just be too early to call it. PC players have shown they’re less likely to pay extra for early access, and a lot of them don’t even pay the full $60, thanks to sites like Green Man Gaming and other key re-sellers.

Because of this, it’s very likely we’re going to see PC numbers bounce back up to be in-line with consoles come launch. It’s also worth noting that on Xbox One and PC, numbers can be a bit inflated, thanks to EA and Origin Access subscriptions. These services offer ten hours of play to anyone willing to subscribe, and it’s not hard to see how Battlefield 1 may have swayed a few.

PlayStation 4 numbers, on the other hand, are purely made up of Digital Deluxe Early Enlister Edition owners, since it’s currently the only way to play the game on the platform. All that said, these numbers are not official or certified data, but they’re as close as we’re going to get to actual player numbers, since EA never discloses these stats.

We’ll definitely revisit those numbers once more and more player have gotten their hands on the game.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 21:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Respawn Games has released a new trailer for Titanfall 2 giving you a look at single-player.

The single-player features militia rifleman Jack Cooper who wants to be a Pilot. He gets his wish, and jumps into a Vanguard class Titan BT-7274.

Jack and BT must “combine their abilities and risk everything” to survive, and this includes boss battles with enemies.

Whether fighting as a Pilot or in 20-foot-tall war machine, there looks to be plenty of action for everyone in the game.

Titanfall 2 will release simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 28.

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The server browser in Battlefield 1 spills the beans on two upcoming game modes.

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All of the Battlefield 1 game modes were revealed well ahead of time. If you’ve been playing the EA Access trial, you may have noticed a page dedicated to custom games under multiplayer.

Right up until the launch of the Early Enlister Edition, that page didn’t have anything. However, now that the game went live in Australia and New Zealand, the custom games page has been updated to tease some of what’s coming.

Reddit user FOGofGAMING grabbed a screenshot of the menu, and it shows two new game modes as “coming soon”. The first is Hardcore mode, a fan-favourite that DICE has somehow not mentioned at all in the lead-up to launch.

The next one is something completely new, called Fog of War. As you can see in the image, the thumbnail shows plenty of fog around some soldiers.

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Neither mode is active at this time, and there are no other details available if you click on the images. That said, it’s easy to guess what a mode called Fog of War is going to be about. Battlefield 1 has some of the most impressive weather effects in any online shooter, and fog is already available on many of its maps.

Instead of rolling in for a few minutes randomly, this mode could include 100 percent fog all-game long. It could disable the mini-map, too, to make it full-on Predator.

As for Hardcore, the mode has always been a staple of the franchise. It’s a pretty straightforward affair; mini-map will be disabled, and everything does more damage, or more accurately, you have less health.

Battlefield 1 is out October 21 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.



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Battlefield 1: tips that veterans of the series absolutely must know

We know you’re not fooled by the “1” next to this year’s Battlefield game. Battlefield 1 is called that because it’s set in World War 1.

This particular setting brought on a few drastic changes to classes, shooting mechanics, customisation options, and many more aspects of what we usually look for in a Battlefield game. For veterans of the series, some of these changes will take some getting used to.

We’re going to discuss some of them here, as well as a few new features fans of the series need to be aware of. The point is to make it as easy as possible to replicate your usual playing style in Battlefield 1 using the new toys. These tips can benefit anyone, but a couple will make more sense if you played at least one Battlefield game before.

Read on to find out some of the first things that’ll stand out when you play the game.

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Weapon unlocks are level-gated, and require in-game currency

Unlocking weapons and gadgets in Battlefield 1 is based on a system that borrows from Battlefield 4 as well as Battlefield Hardline. By that we mean you’re going to need to rank up to gain access to new weapons, but you won’t get to use them right away.

After reaching the rank required, you’ll then be able to buy the weapon using an in-game currency called Warbonds. Warbonds are earned from gaining character levels, but you’ll never have too much. This requires you to carefully consider each unlock before spending the money.

We should also note that class rank is what unlocks weapons, not overall rank. So, if you want new Assault weapons you’re going to need to play this class for a bit. For what it’s worth, you can reach the early ranks in a few short hours.

Most of the weapons only require you to be rank 3, so it’s not much of a grind.

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There aren’t that many weapons, but it’s all about the variants

While we’re on the subject, you should know that the number of weapons is paired down considerably, compared to something like Battlefield 4. Gone are the days of having 10+ toys in each category and even more class-antagonistic ones.

Now, you’ll notice that each class has access to about 4-5 weapons at best. However, each of them comes with its own set of variants that completely change its characteristics. For example, there are options with better hip fire accuracy, and a few with attached scopes that are more accurate at further ranges.

It’s important to compare the one you have with the one you want to unlock before spending the Warbonds.

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LMGs gain accuracy over time

One of the new mechanics in Battlefield 1 has to do with the behaviour of LMGs. These guns are the Support Class’ only weapon type, and they’re very inaccurate. They only start getting accurate the more you keep firing.

Hip fire with LMGs is usually a no-go, except at very at close ranges. Even still, expect to see a few bullets deviate and for the gun to be accurate a few seconds after you started firing. It’s also recommended to never tap fire LMGs, because every time you re-start firing, you reset the accuracy back.

This is by design, as LMGs are meant to be suppressing weapons first, due to their large magazines and the general role DICE wants the Support to play in the game.

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SMGs lack the punch at range

This may seem like conventional wisdom, but anyone who played Battlefield 4 can tell you all about their SMG and Carbine adventures of overpowering Assault Rifle players. In Battlefield 1, though, they’re nowhere near this good.

Here, SMGs are kings of close quarters. They kick pretty hard but are, outside of LMGs, the only truly automatic weapons in the game. The damage drop-off at range is severe though, even tap-firing won’t save you beyond medium range.

Focus on the targets closer to you, and pull out your pistol if you want to ping someone at range.

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You can change the direction of recoil on some weapons

Battlefield – and shooter veterans – know all about compensating for recoil, weapon kick and all that. In Battlefield 1, all weapons pull to the right and the left an equal amount, and thus the kick is always straight upwards.

However, for the first time in the series, you’re able to change the direction of the kick. You can choose from middle, right, or left. It’s as easy as it sounds, if you change to right, the weapon’s kick will pull more towards the right, and so on.

Although it may make sense to leave it set to middle for all weapons, since most PC players are used to pulling down to compensate, things may be a bit different on consoles. Everyone’s use of the the analogue stick varies, not to mention personal preference – even on PC.

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You don’t need to charge the syringe to revive someone

The revive tool in Battlefield 1 is a just a syringe. And, unlike the defibrillators, it doesn’t require you to charge it to revive your teammates at maximum health.

Just use it near a downed teammate and you’ll be all set. You should also know that the range on it is quite limited, so you’re going to have to be pretty close to get it to work. Having cover between you and your target will also hinder your ability to revive.

As a bonus, yes, you can kill people with it.

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There’s no Engineer class

You won’t find the old trusty Engineer class in Battlefield 1. This is part of a larger shake-up of the class system, but it also means the Engineer’s various jobs have been divided among more than one class.

The closest thing to an Engineer is the Assault Class. This class can equip shotguns and sub-machine guns, but it can not repair vehicles. This isn’t too much of an issue, since the new Vehicle Class can do that, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

Still, the Assault is the most powerful anti-armour class, thanks to his AT-Rocket Gun, Anti-Tank Grenades, and Dynamite. All three of these are available from the get go, and you’ll be able unlock an Anti-Tank Mine later.

The Support class now has a repair tool, and is also able to harass armour with his Limpet Mine.

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Get comfortable with the new Vehicle Class (Tanker and Pilot)

DICE finally made the decision to have anyone who spawns into a vehicle (as a driver) be a separate class from the main four. It’s called the Vehicle Class, and it comes in two very similar versions, the Tanker and Pilot. The Tanker can equip a main weapon, a sidearm, an Anti-Tank Grenade, and a repair tool.

As for the Pilot, he gets access to the same set of main weapons, a different sidearm, a Flare Gun, and a repair tool. You can choose one of six weapons as your main for either, but the rest can’t be customised.

Although you can repair your vehicle from inside, it’s sometimes best to step out and repair it from outside. The main benefit of doing this is that your repairs won’t be interrupted by incoming fire like it does when you auto-repair.

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Learn the sweet spot for sniper rifles

Many of the sniper rifles in Battlefield 1 have a sweet spot. This essentially means there’s a range at which the rifle will perform the best. At that range, you’ll potentially down opponents with one shot to the body, which is great for snipers.

This is a big a change, and will require you to learn each sniper rifle’s optimum range, as the game doesn’t communicate that stat. You still get damage drop off at further ranges, and the bullet drop effect is still there, obviously.



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Gadgets can be used to play silly buggers and still be super useful.
Battlefield 1 is out this week, leaving plenty of time to do a little homework on all of the classes before it drops.

One of the more interesting gadgets revealed is the decoy for the Scout class. Snipers can be a thorn in the side for many players, and this gadget will turn them into a full-on briar patch.

If you thought having your head shot off in the middle of an epic action sequence was mortifying, how about getting a perfect headshot on a camping sniper only to have your face implode a moment later courtesy of a bullet from your actual foe. That’s right. You just fell for the old head-on-a-stick routine. And now you’re dead.

The decoy looks ridiculous close-up but from a distance, it gives off the sniper glint and if you’ve positioned it strategically, it’ll look like a head peeking out, just begging to be shot.

What’s more, the enemy player that destroys your decoy will be marked so you can swiftly dispose of them before setting out more bait.

Battlefield 1 is out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 21.



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This is like the opposite of compensating for something.

Battlefield 1 is finally arriving for fans of the series via EA Access and Origin Access members ahead of its full-blown launch – and with that launch fans are discovering some of the easter eggs hidden away in the game.

One such easter egg is the inclusion of one of the most infamous guns in history, the 2mm Kolibri. This is a tiny, tiny gun. YouTuber JackFrags uploaded the first footage of it in action. Here’s a gif of it in-game via reddit, who describe it as a handgun for ants:
You’ve got to love those reload animations. So delicate! We don’t currently know how you get the gun, but we’ll update when we do.

This gun might look funny and ludicrous, but it’s actually the real deal. The 2mm Kolibri Pistol was made by an Austrian Watchmaker between 1910 and 1914, making it ideal for Battlefield 1. It was intended as a self-defence weapon but was actually pretty rubbish – bullets had poor penetration and low accuracy.

It only fires at around 4 joules – that’s less than some paintball guns. If you shot one of these things into plywood, it’d only make it a couple of centimetres deep… which explains why this tiny pistol does so little damage in Battlefield 1. These days original Kolibris are pretty rare and are quite valuable as a result.

Here’s a little history lesson on the real Kolibri and some video footage of the real thing on YouTube.

Battlefield 1 is out now via EA Access and Origin Access for Xbox One and PC. Buyers of the Early Enlister edition will join these players on the 18th, and the game finally launches a few days later. Stick with us for loads about the game.



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The first of many Battlefield 1 livestreams will be broadcast today.
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Watch live video from Battlefield on www.twitch.tv

It all starts at 1pm PT/4pm ET/9pm UK today, and each daily stream from now until release will last around two hours.

According to DICE, every map will be on display along with each mode. The latter includes Operations and War Pigeons, all played by the Battlefield community team along with special YouTube and Twitch guests.

Be sure to bookmark the BF1 Twitch page if you want to see the game played live, again, everyday until release.

Today, Origin Access members on PC can pre-load the Battlefield 1 ten hour trial, and those who are members of EA Access on Xbox One will also be able to jump in when the Play First Trial hits tomorrow, October 13.

Battlefield 1 releases worldwide on October 21 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.



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You can start planning which achievements to shoot for first in Battlefield 1.

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Battlefield 1 is due for launch next week, but you can play it starting tomorrow.

As usual, as we get closer to big game launches, the list of in-game achievements and trophies start popping up. It’s the same with Battlefield 1, which has a sort of unremarkable achievements, save for one.

Basically, the vast majority of these are awarded for reaching multiplayer ranks, getting kills in certain ways, earning medals, and finishing single-player missions. There are 31 in total, and you can see them all below.

The interesting one I managed to find is called ‘Mightier than the Shovel’ and you get it for finding a hidden cavalry sword and using it to take down an enemy on the French countryside. This is a campaign achievement, as you may have guessed, but the description doesn’t mention which one exactly has this sword hidden.

The list also reveals that the campaign will feature a Call of Duty-style (possibly) hidden collectables called Codex Entries. There are also Field Manuals, though we’re not sure what these are.

Here they are, via True Achievements.

  • Support Enlistment – Reach Support Rank 2 in multiplayer (80 GS)
  • Scout Enlistment – Reach Scout Rank 2 in multiplayer (80 GS)
  • Up close and personal – Perform a melee kill on 10 enemies anywhere in the campaign (10 GS)
  • The hills of Gallipoli – Unlock all Codex Entries in The Runner (40 GS)
  • Catching up on some reading – Collect one Field Manual in the campaign (10 GS)
  • The War to End All Wars – Complete the campaign on Hard difficulty (40 GS)
  • The Great War – Complete the campaign on Normal difficulty (10 GS)
  • Mightier than the shovel – Find the hidden Cavalry Sword and take down an enemy on the French countryside in the campaign (10 GS)
  • Operations – Win 1 Operation in multiplayer (10 GS)
  • Play the Objective – Complete 25 Squad Orders in multiplayer (10 GS)
  • Counter-sniper – Using a bolt action rifle, kill an enemy Scout in multiplayer (10 GS)
  • Corporal – Reach Rank 10 in multiplayer (10 GS)
  • Warbonds – Earn 450 Warbonds in multiplayer (10 GS)
  • Medic Enlistment – Reach Medic Rank 2 in multiplayer (80 GS)
  • Assault Enlistment – Reach Assault Rank 2 in multiplayer (80 GS)
  • Enough for a library – Collect all Field Manuals in the campaign (80 GS)
  • Triple Boluk-Bashi – Kill all 3 Ottoman officers in Young Men’s Work with melee kills in the campaign (40 GS)
  • Up to the challenge – Complete one challenge in the campaign (10 GS)
  • Sound of thunder – Unlock all Codex Entries in Through Mud and Blood (40 GS)
  • Conquering the mountains – Unlock all Codex Entries in Avanti Savoia! (40 GS)
  • Putting in the effort – Complete 10 challenges in the campaign (40 GS)
  • Master of adaptation – Complete all challenges in the campaign (80 GS)
  • Nothing is Written – Complete Nothing is Written (10 GS)
  • Through Mud and Blood – Complete Through Mud and Blood (10 GS)
  • Decorated – Reach Rank 1 with all 4 Infantry classes in multiplayer (40 GS)
  • Friends in High Places – Complete Friends in High Places (10 GS)
  • Taking down giants – Unlock all Codex Entries in Friends in High Places (40 GS)
  • All men dream – Unlock all Codex Entries in Nothing is Written (40 GS)
  • Avanti Savoia! – Complete Avanti Savoia! (10 GS)
  • The Runner – Complete The Runner (10 GS)
  • Shock Wave – Kill 5 enemies by using dynamite in the campaign (10 GS)

Battlefield 1 releases October 21 worldwide on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.



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EA is bringing back Rent-a-Server for Battlefield 1, but not without a few changes.

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EA has announced early details of the Rent-a-Server programme for Battlefield 1. This programme, which has been available on PC for years, started on consoles with Battlefield 3.

Using it, anyone can set up their own servers and customise in-game rules.

Shortly after launch, Battlefield 1 players will be able to rent a server directly through an in-game store. Previously, if you wanted to host a private server you had to turn to third-parties authorised by EA to lease them.

EA said the new method allows it to have more control over the quality of the hardware used, since they’re going to be the sole provider. This also helps centralise the support process, as you’ll now be able to talk to EA’s own support channels when issues arise.

The announcement update revealed that players will be able to customise server name, map rotation, game modes, and other gameplay settings. It did not say exactly which options will be restricted, but said a few of them will be locked.

That said, the publisher added more options could gradually open up based on player feedback.

This will no doubt be a particularly hot topic for PC players, who are used to having massive amounts of control over server settings. It’s unclear at this stage how restricted the new settings are going to be.

More Rent-a-Server details will be unveiled closer to launch.



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The spectator mode for Battlefield 1 will definitely spur many to make their own mini-films.

DICE has officially revealed the spectator mode for Battlefield 1. Apart from allowing you to spectate other players in multiplayer games, the tool itself has been upgraded to include cinematic options for video and screenshot capture.
Inspired by some unofficial tools and hacks the community used for Battlefield 4 and Star Wars Battlefront, DICE wanted to include as many filters, angles, HUD options, cameras and more into the official cinematic tool. This is also the first time a spectator/cinematic creator will be made available on consoles.

In the video above, YouTube channel ShadowSix Films shows off the depth of mode, and the various tricks you can pull off. Using footage captured form the beta and alpha to illustrate, we get to see just how close to official game trailer our footage can get.

There’s even a Battlefield 3 filter, which is sure to get a good laugh out of many who played that game.

The mode ships with Battlefield 1 on October 21, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.



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Really, the soldier is Italian. Not French.

Battlefield 1 art shows off an Italian soldier

These days, we refer to The Great War as World War 1 for a reason – it truly was an international conflict that impacted almost every nation on Earth. Unfortunately, that worldwide element isn’t always reflected in our pop culture, especially when it comes to video games. Thankfully Battlefield 1 has made at least some effort to address that, as shown by newly released artwork of an Italian soldier.

Of course this being the internet, the image immediately sparked a Twitter debate that the character was actually a French soldier. But there’s no goof here – French and Italian helmets were strikingly similar, but a quick Google search confirms the Italian model (you can see it three images down in this link). Meanwhile, the outfit only looks like the French blue uniform because of the chosen color scheme. Not that France won’t have a part to play in Battlefield 1 – in fact, DICE is dedicating an entire DLC expansion to the French post-launch.

Battlefield 1 launches in Italy, France, and the rest of the world on October 21, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms.



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Feast your eyes on even more Battlefield 1 single-player footage.

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Now that DICE has officially revealed the single-player part of Battlefield 1, the developer has been slowly giving away more and more details about the campaign.

The anthology-style single-player is made up of five missions, each focusing on a new characters in one of the various theatres of World War 1. The official Twitter account for the game recently revealed new footage from the Through Mud and Blood mission.

Through Mud and Blood takes place late in the war, and features a tank crew of the British Mark V Tank behind enemy lines.




As you can see in the short clip above, we play as a member of this dysfunctional crew, whose previous job was chauffeur. It looks really good, and has the potential to tell interesting stories.

Battlefield 1 is out October 21 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.



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Battlefield 1 Official Single Player Trailer