Shots fired: Battlefield 1, Call of Duty 0

Yes, it’s Activision vs EA, which means it’s better to go for the devil AND the deep blue sea before choosing one of them, but credit where credit is due – EA’s new Battlefield trailer won the internet, and the timing was impeccable!

So in case you’ve been hiding under a rock this week, here’s the new Call of Duty trailer to the upcoming futuristic Infinite Warfare (how original, right? Imagine the meeting where they came up with that name):

Now, why exactly there are only 230.000 likes but 750.000 dislikes, probably only the CODrones know. After all, Infinite Warfare seems to have proper space battles! Then again, the fans were crying for something not futuristic, because you have Titanfall, Battlefront (well, it might not be our future but who cares), Battleborn, Overwatch, the last couple of COD games, etc. set in the future. Too many futuristic shooting people in the face it seems. So the internet wasn’t happy about the new Call of Duty, let’s put it that way.

Ironically, the new Battlefield comes along now, and instead of following the trend to go back to the future, Dice goes back to the past, and to a fresh scenario even – World War 1, hence the game is named Battlefield 1. Well, that doesn’t really make sense as that war was neither the first war ever nor is this the first Battlefield game, but let’s not split hairs here.

Anyway, this trailer has a whopping 670.000 likes and mere 13.000 dislikes. How comes?

 

Well, Battlefield 1 looks cool, but so does the Infinite Warfare trailer, let’s be honest. Yes, riding horses, more focus on melee and flying iconic biplanes sounds and looks pretty damn cool, admittedly. And yes, World War 1 is a setting that hasn’t been done to death.

Most of it is because of that timing – both games have been in development for years, and the reveals have probably been planned months in advance, too … but that fucking timing, man! Just when gamers yell “stop the futuristic Call of Duty train”, Battlefield 1 invites you into the past.

But let’s face it – while this is some awesome free publicity for EA, both games will sell massively as always. Nothing will change. Both games will focus on the multiplayer, flying biplanes will probably not feel authentic, neither will the space battles, and the campaigns will be 5 hours short. EA isn’t the good guy now, and Activision are … well, neither. Fans arguing which milking machine is better feels like Chelsea and Manchester City fans arguing why their club is better, while the rest of the world knows they’re the villains anyway.

Rabidgames wonders: Well, actually both games look interesting, and yet, both games will have castrated campaigns because everyone is in those series for the multiplayer, so it’s just a tacked-on excuse to sell annual games in a new setting for the full price. Shame for the potential though.

 

 

 

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