EA Boss Originally Rejected Battlefield WW1 Pitch


EA’s upcoming title Battlefield 1 will take place in World War 1, as revealed by last month’s official reveal trailer, which went on to become the most liked trailer of all time. But it turns out that EA boss Patrick Soderlund initially rejected the idea of World War 1.


He stated the idea of trench warfare was not all that exciting. However, the developers were stubborn and eventually persuaded Soderlund to approve the project. It was officially announced earlier this month as Battlefield 1 and it consists a lot more than just trench warfare.


World War 1 wasn’t the most obvious option, EA studio boss Patrick Soderlund stated:

“If you look at what other partners in the industry are doing, they’re going into sci-fi; we’ve had a lot of success in the modern military space. But we felt like there was a need for a change.”

“When the team presented the idea to me of World War 1, I absolutely rejected it,” he added. “I said World War 1, it’s trench warfare; it can’t be fun to play.”

Now Soderlund is convinced that the World War 1 is the perfect setting for Battlefield. Soderlund also promises to deliver the best, saying:

“We have to remember that so far, we have only shown one trailer,” he added. “Yes, it’s gotten a lot of success, but what’s important is that we have to go back and make sure we deliver on the full promise of what Battlefield can be. And that we will do.”

While we don’t know everything about Battlefield yet, the announced trailer showed us horses, sword, triplanes and many more things, you’ll have to wait a bit more to know.

Battlefield 1 launches on October 21, though people with an EA/Origin Access membership or those who pick up the deluxe edition can get in on October 18. Additionally, a beta will be held sometime before launch.