Battlefield 1 is looking to take on one of the darkest wars in history, and as we saw in this week’s story trailer, it’s going to attempt some emotionally grounded stories of war. The game’s official website has now been updated with the five World War I stories that will star in the single-player campaign. They stretch the gamut from pilot best friends, to Bedouin warriors, to a ragtag tank crew learning to work together in the heat of battle. It’s also clear we won’t be playing from the perspective of any Central Powers.
You can check out DICE’s story descriptions below:
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
The allies are losing the war in the air. Britain struggles to compete with the German aces and the average lifetime of a combat pilot is 17 days. You must face these bleak odds and take to the skies for a noble fight over the western front. Intense dogfights, unexpected encounters, and a story of friendship await you.
NOTHING IS WRITTEN
In the Middle East deserts, Arab tribes rebel against the oppression of the Ottoman Empire. The Empire’s devastating artillery engage rebel forces wielding rifles from horseback. As a Bedouin warrior working alongside the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, you must find a way to take on the technologically superior enemy and destroy a deadly railgun.
THROUGH MUD AND BLOOD
In the autumn of 1918, British forces prepare for a mass assault on the town of Cambrai, France. With tank support, Allied Command believes a breakthrough is a certainty. But the Mark V tank has one major flaw: it is not reliable. Join a dysfunctional tank crew who battle their way behind enemy lines as they learn to work together.
Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire are deadlocked among the Alps. Braced by snow-capped mountains, neither side can find a way to dislodge their enemy. Meanwhile, the Italian mountaineer regiment Arditi prepares an unorthodox assault. Don your Arditi armor and head up a mountainside as Italian and Austrian forces clash over a strategic fort.
The British Empire intends to open a new front to the war with an unprecedented naval invasion of the Ottoman homeland. The ships gathered for the Gallipoli Landings — the D-Day of World War 1 — carry over half a million men. As an Anzac runner you’ll witness the heat of epic bombardments and a beach landing, as well as covert deliveries of urgent life-or-death messages across the frontline.
Battlefield 1 releases October 21 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, though Origen Access and EA Access members will get to play even earlier.