The Guns of the Battlefield 1 Trailer

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I normally try to keep the worlds of guns and games separate, but sometimes, when everybody’s talking about it…

Matt of Historical Firearms and Othais of C&Rsenal both have taken a look at the new trailer for Battlefield 1, the cheekily named WWI era shooter video game recently announced by Swedish developer DICE over the weekend. You can watch the Battlefield 1 trailer below, if you haven’t already:

The Historical Firearms overview of the weapons is available at the link here, and you can watch C&Rsenal’s video below.

Battlefield 1 is perhaps a mile marker for the current resurgence of interest in the First World War (for those not into video games, it is significant as a game by a major developer that is set in WWI). Whether you are a video gamer or not, the setting of the Great War, presented in textbooks as a boring, static stalemate, has not until now been a major foundation for many video games or movies. However, now in an era of a very tired and well-worn World War II genre in video games, movies, and television, and the coming of the 2014 Centennial of the start of the First World War, that era has seen a huge growth of interest in every medium. It deserves it, too, as World War I was the proving ground for modern tactics and weapons, setting the stage for all conflicts that came after, especially World War II.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Bear The Grizzly

    Where are the zombies?

    • Tom

      Zombies are for the DLC.

      • 2wheels

        God I hate DLC…

        • Martin M

          The ‘expansion’ for Verdun is free. No DLC there.

          PCMR!!!

        • forrest1985

          ….DLC

        • iksnilol

          I liked DLC when it was called “expansion pack” and was basically another game just cheaper since it was built on the same engine.

          See Warcraft 3 and the expansion “The Frozen Throne”.

          • 2wheels

            Oh man… Back in the day when you bought a game, and it was actually a complete game… And later on, maybe an expansion pack was released with enough new content to justify spending money on it. And that was it!
            Now it’s incomplete buggy games where they continually pump out DLC from day one in order to bleed our wallets dry.
            I mean… Not all DLC is bad, but overall I think it’s led to some lazy and greedy game developers taking advantage of us.
            Did I just go off on a rant? I did, time to go drink a beer.

          • iksnilol

            Many times the expansion packs were an entire new game (basically a sequel) only built with mostly the same resources as the original.

            I don’t mind DLC for the right reasons. Early unlocks are just stupid, though.

      • Darren Hruska

        Didn’t you mean to say “dinosaurs?”

    • Austin

      In Battlefield we don’t need zombies, however we have we have been asking for a PvE mode with dinosaurs for years.

      • iksnilol

        To be honest, I’d like “crazy” game modes involving dinosaurs and zombies (not both at once of course, that’d be ridicilous) with the Battlefield maps and gameplay.

        • Austin

          I would love to see a dino mode but I think that zombies have an association with CoD at this point

        • Tom

          I can see that a steam/diesel punk mode would fit in well with the real life time frame.

          • iksnilol

            Steam driven automaton apocalypse ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Tassiebush

          I think it’s pretty clear the dinosaurs would be zombified pretty quickly. Now that would be a magnificent foe! (And very silly)

    • DW

      You see people with KD of less than 0.8? They are the zombies you are looking for.

  • Budogunner

    We all know what these games do in the wild. Kids will think GI Joe went to war against Keyser Soze on Naboo.

    • KestrelBike

      My mind spins trying to keep up with the mental imagery of that.

      BFOne: Meh. Was hoping for a non-seizure inducing (i.e. Not CoD) 2142 remake. Or even back to WW2 but with stupid-slick graphics.

  • Major Tom

    The only problem with a World War One game from a gun and tech perspective is it is extremely limited in what you can do. There’s no AR’s or AK’s, very few subguns, man-portable automatic weapons are largely static or heavy clumsy pieces that often require bipod use and worst of all there are almost no accessories for your weapons meaning no red dots or foregrips or much in the way of suppressors or muzzle brakes and etc..

    Maybe that’s their point. Get away from dressing up your favorite AR or AK or bullpup derivative like a Barbie doll and just make a half-decent gameplay set.

    • Tom

      Well your rifle can be fitted with a bayonet the only accessory you need.

      Will be interesting to see how this plays out as I can imagine that melee, be it bayoneting butt strikes or clubs and shovels, might play a rather large role.

      • Major Tom

        Historically weren’t casualties by melee less than a tenth of one percent of all casualties of the Great War? I know outside of things like disease, the lion’s share of KIA were owing to machine guns and artillery.

        • Twilight sparkle

          Even if that’s correct that’s still a lot of people considering the death toll left behind wwi. Trench raiding at night would have been a very common area where you’d find hand to hand combat in wwi.

          At least battlefield didn’t use a butchered version of Major Tom in their new trailer :p

          • Major Tom

            Hey now, that soft rock rendition of “Space Oddity” in the COD trailer is a lot better than any rendition of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes.

          • Twilight sparkle

            Even if the music is better it really didn’t fit, seven nation army flowed a lot better for a action trailer.

          • Cuvie

            I cannot agree. That was such an awful butchering of such an iconic Bowie song. They deserve all those dislikes because of that

        • Tom

          I am not sure that firing artillery at people you can barely see if at all will be that fun. Realism will need to take a backseat to fun and whats more fun than beating someone to [virtual] death with a shovel.

          • Major Tom

            What would be more fun? Shoving a round up the nose of the enemy at 1000 yards with iron sights or a period scope. Being able to mow down an entire company of men using a thousand rounds of continuous fire from weapons like a Vickers.

            Or perhaps the most fun thing to ever happen in the war. Capture a guy wearing the wrong type of tree as camouflage. (Go on, go look up that photo from the ANZAC campaigns in the Middle East. The Ottoman sniper using I think ash branches when he’s surrounded by cedar, or was it the other way around.)

          • Don’t forget dropping “bricks” on people from biplanes! โค

        • nollan

          In trench sieges soldiers surrendered mostly. Due to the rifles at that range being one shot, melee weapons were essential otherwise why would they surrender after you shot, you were helpless reloading. This was only exacerbated due to bayonets being poor melee weapon, as apart from being unweildy they tended to get stuck inbetween your enemies ribs, so it was a one stab only weapon. After which you were defenseless. So although melee deaths were small, melee was encountered in every trench raid.

    • DW

      French military have autoloaders, American have civilian autoloaders AND autoloading shotgun (Auto-5 and derivatives), many countries have machine rifles that’s fed by clip (yes, long, rigid ones with no spring) and magazine alike.

      There is no shortage of guns to be had even in WWI.

      • Porty1119

        There is a massive variety of fun stuff possible. Winchester 1897 for one, and perhaps some lever guns.

        • SP mclaughlin

          Hopefully the 1897 will be slam-firing in game, that would be sweet.

        • Will

          If you include combatants beyond the Western Front you could have things like the Villa-Perosa and the Madsen.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Americans had both the Remington Model 8 and the Browning BAR though neither saw wide spread service.

    • Budogunner

      A wwi game has the potential to have an educational sense of realism like the best of the survival horror games (DayZ mod).

      On those battlefields life was not fair, no man’s land was no man’s friend, and the environment was never in your favor.

      Is love to see a massively multilayer mode where respawns were limited to one every 10 minutes, minimum. You would feel that sense of risk, fear of loss, frustration at injustice, and keep coming back for more.

      I’m sick of games where you can be shot 16 times only to ‘go down’ but still be ‘picked up’ by a teammate like nothing happened.

      • Try World of Tanks. No respawns. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Derek Echols

          Recommending World of Tanks to someone who wants a realistic experience is stupid. World of Tanks is nowhere near realism and its just downright terrible in my opinion. Its like the CoD of tank games.
          Try Red Orchestra (1 or 2 doesn’t matter), War Thunder, or Project Reality.

          • Derek Echols

            Didn’t realize that you made this blog, sorry about being to aggressive with my opinion, no hard feelings lol.

          • Naw, you’re cool.

          • I interpreted “educational sense of realism” a bit differently than you did, I think. WoT is an arcade game, it’s not at all realistic, but it is very educational. It spurred my interest in armored fighting vehicles quite a bit, and that’s why I’d recommend it. Plus, he explicitly asked for a shooter with no respawns, which WoT is, after a fashion.

            I really like WoT still, I never really cottoned to WTGF (which also has major issues with realism). The others are more on the sim side, which isn’t something I ever got into for AFVs.

        • DW

          Butbutbut arty is cancer
          -says a WoT veteran who has 58% winrate and is fed up with it

    • 6.5x55Swedish

      There are a lot of calibers though. Foregrips, muzzle breaks etc. in games are over rated. They only make balancing harder.

  • Tassiebush

    Wohoo I picked the right platform. I can’t wait until I ignore the age recommendation and get this for my kids!

  • 2wheels

    Wow, this is the first Battlefield/Call of Duty game I’ve been excited to see in YEARS.

    WW1 and Vietnam are two games I wish developers would pay more attention to. I don’t know of any decent WW1 shooters, and only one decent Vietnam shooter series (Vietcong 1 and 2).

    • Amit Nachman

      Verdun

      • 2wheels

        Ah I forgot about Verdun. But that’s multiplayer only, I like me a good singleplayer campaign.

        • Major Fret

          Having played the last two Battlefield’s campaigns, I wouldn’t hold your breath on this one giving you a good campaign of any kind.

          • forrest1985

            Amen to that! At least COD has a semi-decent campaign each year

          • LCON

            Not sure about that… COD IW looks Rather to HALO like and seems missing any Hard science.

          • Kelly Jackson

            I loved MW2 and Black Ops 2, but COD has just been awful to me the past couple of years, Ghost was absolutely horriable, Advance Warfare was meh, and Black Ops 3 continued the goofy and forgettable scifi scene. Hopefully the backlash towards the IW trailer will prompt a change. I’d love to see WW1 or even Vietnam on a next gen system.

          • mosinman

            COD stopped having decent singleplayer 10 years ago

          • 2wheels

            You’re probably right… But a kid can dream…

      • SP mclaughlin

        Verdun is an indie game though, not quite on the same level as EA

        • Zachary marrs

          that’s a compliment

          • mosinman

            i agree, EA stands for everything a publisher shouldnยดt be

    • ProLiberty82

      Ah Vietcong 1 and 2, had the most awesome atmosphere and was one of the first games you could aim down the sights like a real gun.

      Check out Rising Storm Vietnam, it’s from the guys who made Red Orchestra and has realistic gun handling. Gives me that Nam vibe in spades!

      • iksnilol

        Also it was a buggy mess ๐Ÿ™ too bad cause I liked Vietcong.

        • ItalianAmerican

          I truly enjoyed Vietcong as well and played it a lot. Heard about Rising Storm Vietnam, will buy. I am perplexed about this Battlefield; I do love some WWI guns (own three M1903s) but didn’t see a single one of the ones I like so far in the trailer.

        • 2wheels

          I never had problems with bugs back in the day, but these days I can’t get it to run on modern computers, I’m just not tech savvy enough.

          • iksnilol

            I had many problems with the mission to save the POW in the camp during the night. That mission was a buggy mess. Otherwise the game was good and really fun.

    • Darren Hruska

      I personally still found Battlefield Vietnam and BC2 Vietnam to be great games. I never played Vietcong, but heard it was also very good. Men of Valor was supposedly well-liked also. I won’t consider CoD: BO to be a Vietnam War game due to it just being way too silly (it has guns that didn’t exist until like 1985). Still waiting for Rising Storm Vietnam.

      So, all-in-all, the amount of at least decent Vietnam War games can be counted on your two hands.

    • Will

      Korea being ignored is odd when you think of how speculative nd Korean War scenarios aren’t uncommon in games set in the present or near future.

  • If this was on Steam I would definitely buy it. I’m not sure if I will since it’ll likely be on Origin. Also, cool guns.

    • TB

      This is an EA game, so of course Origin will be required. Which is why everyone should just stay away from this crap.

  • Anonymoose

    brb clearing out the entire enemy team with a M97/M12.

    • Major Tom

      Nerf slamfiring!

    • Bob

      OK, but I’m gonna counter attack with a artillery saber and a 1911…

      • Budogunner

        If they implemented a robust swordplay system on top of being a shooter I might actually build another gaming rig.

        • Squirreltakular

          Supposedly they are going to have a decent amount of melee combat mixed in with the gunplay.

      • Chase Buchanan

        M1913 saber please

  • Twilight sparkle

    It’s official, call of duty has been pulled off life support by this game.

  • After the steaming pile of suck and fail that was Battlefront, I think I’m going to let some other folks be the beta testers on this one.

  • Bob

    I have been complaining for years that I want a good WW1 game. Maybe this is it. ‘Course, I notice machine guns seem to be very much in evidence, so it may be less Red Orchestra with little but bolt actions and more modern Battlefield with all manner of full auto toys. Guess we’ll find out.

  • Twilight sparkle

    The hand to hand weapons are interesting too. The Americans have a baseball bat, the English have a spade, the Germans have a pick axe, and the French have a white flag.

    • Jon

      Man that’s a quite ignorant comment.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Try having a sense of humor.

        • NorwayBM

          Except it is not funny.

          • Twilight sparkle

            I was making a not serious comment about a likely historically inaccurate video game… I rather enjoy France as a country and it has some impressive small arms innovations; however, it can also be fun to poke fun at their stereotypes when it really isn’t going to hurt anyone. Lighten up a bit.

    • Tassiebush

      Actually it’s probably more like everyone apart from Americans have options of spade, pickaxe, bayonet, trench knife or trench club. French have additional weapon of sharpened human femur.
      Playing as an Americans you get way less levels unless you join Canadians to play earlier and as you have only very recently joined conflict you get an unsharpened bayonet or baseball bat.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Actually a lot of Americans would have been going to France as well to help support the French Air Force.

        I realize France is responsible for many huge military innovations and the us military wouldn’t even exist without training from France back in our revolution, the French surrendering thing is just a stereotype meant to poke fun like how others make fun of “Murcia” and it’s people for being unintelligent especially regarding foreign affairs.

        Btw the U.S. issued the mark 1 trench knife during wwI which I believe was made in France

        • Tassiebush

          Yeah I totally get the stereotype thing with France. It’s just that it’s more of a WW2 thing.
          I just had to take a dig at the late entry into the war of the US. Coming from a non US background the late entry is a bit of a source of jokes.
          Hmm yeah I suppose now that you point it out I do reading that those trench knives were in use by US forces.

    • Bannal

      The french have deadliest melee weapon of all, a croissant.

  • Martin M

    You want a good WWI game? Verdun, on Steam, for only $25.

    Stupid button mashing console garbage like this needs to be killed with fire.

    Long live the PC Master Race!

    • SP mclaughlin

      Don’t bring the console/PC politics here haha

    • KestrelBike

      PC Master Race!!!

  • J.J

    You need to listen to Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History” podcast. He has an amazing set of episodes dedicated to WW1. He really helps you understand what it was really like. The sheer brutality and scope was something I was never able to grasp before. It does not disappoint. Not to mention he has other amazing topics.

    • The Great War reviews WW1 week by week, but 100 years later. Great youtube series.

      • Tassiebush

        Literally watching it right now. Awesome show

    • Squirreltakular

      I just recently finished the Hardcore History series. Absolutely worth the time.

  • forrest1985

    Can’t wait for the “this games rubbish! Where are the red dot and ACOG’s” moans lol….looking forward to this and how they tackle the “great war”

  • mosinman

    pre order now for only $79:99 and get early access to the day 1 DLC that adds half the weapons we originally intended to put in the game

  • mosinman

    i hope i can make use of a nifty Imperial 91/30

    • Austin

      I can safely say you won’t based on the model alone.

      • mosinman

        yeah i messed up the 9130 is the 1930s rehash

  • Southpaw89

    Very interesting, I’ve spent plenty of time over the trenches of WWI, a game that takes you into them is something I’ve always wanted to see. Hope it’s done well.

  • mrsatyre

    “…the coming of the 2014 Centennial of the start of the First World War…”

    Already come and gone, my friend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Tormund Giantsbane

    If this doesn’t include a ditch digging mechanic that takes literally hours worth of time, it won’t really be a WWI game.

    • Chris Dooley

      Ditto with an algorithm that kills you with arty or MG fire 80% of the time you go over the top, regardless of what cover you use or how you move across the battlefield. Getting sniped/shelled at random points in the game, regardless of what you’re doing, would also add to the realism.

  • Austin

    I wonder if the Russian Empire will have their Winchester M1895s in 7.62x54r?

  • The Stig

    The shotgun actually looks more like a WWII Ithaca Model 37 trench gun. The bayonet lug is spaced from the end of the magazine tube, and you can see the distinct Ithaca curve where the tube meets the barrel.

  • Cal S.

    At last! I can’t wait for a non-modded WWI FPS! Wooot!

  • Warren Ellis

    Looking at this, I kind of wonder what an ARMA game of WW1 would be like?

  • Darren Hruska

    “However, now in an era of a very tired and well-worn World War II genre in video games,”

    That would have been true if this was like 2006, not 2016. Actually, it’s more-so the modern era to futurist shooters that are pretty tired out now.

    Nonetheless, I’m VERY interested in Battlefield 1, even if a cinematic trailer is all they showed us. DICE has never really been THAT historically accurate. Thus, the game will still feature scarcely-used and prototype weapons, and there’s still going to be a lot of fast-paced, chaotic warfare, depending on the map.

    Assault is confirmed to have SMGs, Medic has semi-automatic rifles, Support has machine guns and possibly automatic rifles, and Scout has bolt-action sniper rifles.

  • TJbrena

    Battlefield 1982 coming never ever.

    Just kill me now.