Obviously, Electronic Arts is making Battlefield 5. It said so a couple years ago, after all. So that’s no surprise. But what might be is the setting, which according to a listing posted by Swiss retailer World of Games will be the First World War.
The listing, posted on Twitter and NeoGAF, describes Battlefield 5 as â€œMehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg,â€ which translates in English to â€œMultiplayer tactical shooter in WW1.â€ The listing has since been changed to remove the WW1 reference, but it’s too late… the internet remembers all.
The Great War would certainly be a change of pace, but I’m not sure how turn-of-the-century pistols and bolt-action rifles—not to mention the immobile, horrific grind of trench warfare—will translate into a videogame. How do you end up with something that isn’t basically Team Fortress 2, but with each team limited to nine Snipers and a Heavy?
I’ve reached out to EA for comment on the rumor. I’ll let you know if I receive a reply.