Battlefield 1 Almost Didn’t Happen Because EA Didn’t Think Kids Knew About WWI

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Ah, the schools today.

Battlefield 1 has had some hurdles on its way to development. Not everyone at EA was convinced that the next game in the series should be set during WWI, something that EA CFO Blake Jorgensen openly admits. At the Bank of America Merill Lynch 2016 Global Technology Conference, he said that there was “some debate” about the game’s setting.

Not only were the folks at EA convinced that trench warfare wouldn’t be fun, Jorgensen also straight up thinks that kids these days don’t even know about WWI in general. “We were worried that many of the younger consumers out there didn’t know there was a World War 2 or Vietnam,” he said, so he naturally assumed that he wouldn’t even think they knew about World War I. Ironic, considering that the trailer for the game is now the most-liked trailer for anything on YouTube. Must be all those biplanes and shovels.

Battlefield 1 comes to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 18.

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