Just going by the outstanding trailer for Battlefield 1, heading back in time to World War I is the best idea that EA has had in years. What’s funny is that EA’s CEO and Executive Vice President weren’t initially onboard with the idea.
Why? Patrick Soderlund, Executive VP, said that he thought trench warfare couldn’t be any fun. Blake Jorgenson, CEO, was worried that kids might not even know WWI happened! Jorgenson said, “World War I, we were worried that many of the younger consumers out there didn’t know that there was a World War 2 or Vietnam, so World War I …”
Still, concerns about our kids’ history classes aside, Jorgensen could see the tremendous potential offered by a WWI setting. “I think what people don’t understand about World War I is the technology shift that went on during the war,” he stated. “People started the war on horseback and ended the war with airplanes and tanks and battleships and submarines. And that’s a huge opportunity for us to be able to do a video game around.”
In other words, WWI has a lot more to offer than trench warfare.
As to kids not knowing what it is … would that really be a sales deterrent? Considering that a lot of FPS games have involved literally nonexistent scenarios, it is hard to imagine that ignorance of a real event would adversely impact sales. Most kids probably have at least some awareness that WWI happened. As to those who don’t, this is an awesome opportunity to educate them about history. Heck, a lot of us probably would have learned more about WWI through the interactive experience of a video game than we did snoozing in our history classes!