Battlefield 1 is a massive departure for EA’s long-running franchise, but while it might not feature the modern technology and weaponry we’ve come to expect, the World War I shooter still offers plenty of ways to kill your enemies.
Though Battlefield 1 takes place before submachine guns and other automatic weapons were commonplace, you’ll still get the chance to give them a shot. The game features six weapon categories, including the aforementioned SMGs, as well as light machine guns, semiautomatic rifles, sidearms, sniper rifles, and the ever-popular shotguns.
“Technology hurtled forward during World War I, leading to absolutely incredible, efficient weapons that were damn good at doing what they were designed to do,” EA says. “Whether you’re blasting holes in walls and taking down hidden enemies or sniping from across the map, you’ll find the gunplay in Battlefield 1 feels modern and fun.”
While the gunplay might feel “modern” — bullet drop is still a factor, and velocity has been increased — you won’t see too many soldiers doing a bayonet charge in today’s combat. But you’ll have the chance in Battlefield 1, and the game also includes several other melee weapons that serve multiple functions, including “the ability to cut barbed wire, destroy barricades, or even damage light vehicles.”
The rail systems seen on most modern rifles didn’t exist in the early 20th century, and this has played a factor in Battlefield 1‘s customization. Described as “more focused” by EA, you’ll now choose from a preset version of a weapon to take into battle instead of choosing various attachments yourself. It’s a decision that’s sure to disappoint some, but from an authenticity standpoint, there really isn’t a way around it.
Battlefield 1 arrives for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 21. Purchasing the “Early Enlister Deluxe Edition” will get you access to the game three days early.