The Guns of the Battlefield 1 Trailer

    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. He can be reached via email at [email protected]