Battlefield 1

Set for release later this year, "Battlefield 1" will take place during World War One

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Love it or hate it, Electronic Arts’ “Battlefield” first-person shooter video game franchise has been one of the most popular entries into the genre for more than a decade. While some shooters focus on non-stop action or entertaining game play features, “Battlefield” has long placed priority on larger maps, vehicle game play and more realistic effects in gun fights.

The newest game in the franchise, “Battlefield 1” was officially announced this afternoon, along with game details, a release date and the first trailer.

Whether fighting through the zeppelin strikes of the first London bombing raids, endless miles of trenches in France or in the scorching deserts of Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, gamers across the world will fill the boots of World War One soldiers on Oct. 21 on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4.

Though the series began based in World War Two, more recent installments have seen game play crafted out of future, fictional conflicts. While setting the game back a century on the timeline will take away some of the fancy gadgets and weapons players have become accustomed to, EA and developer DICE assured fans the new title would include everything the series is famous for.

“One of the things that makes World War I such an amazing era is just how advanced it really was,” EA wrote on its online blog post for the release. “Almost everything that you know about the conflicts of the next century, from the massive battles across land, air and sea, to the powerful and efficient weaponry, is there. Tanks, planes, machine guns, artillery – a lot of the tech you've used in other Battlefield games was perfected during this era, letting the classic Battlefield DNA shine through.”

Anyone looking for an opportunity to play the game before release will have a chance to do so. There will be a hands-on demo opportunity at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which is held from June 16 through 16 in Los Angeles. An open-invitation beta will also take place prior to release, with early access to those who sign up for the Battlefield Insider.

Check out the trailer below:

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