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How Will Horses Work in Battlefield 1 Multiplayer?

By now, hopefully you have seen the brand new Battlefield 1 trailer which was unveiled at Gamescom 2016:

The trailer features desert warfare with a strong focus on the role of the cavalry.  The addition of horses to the Battlefield franchise for the first time ever is particularly exciting because as DICE explains, “World War I saw the old world violently clash with the new. What better way to show that off than pitting tanks and airplanes against fierce horses?”

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But what will that actually be like from a gaming perspective?

At the above link, you can read a blog post on the topic, straight from the developers over at DICE.  Here are some of the key points:

  • Horses obviously lack the resilience of a tank, but they have top-notch speed and agility.
  • You will be able to fire rifles at mid-range from horseback (one wonders how challenging it will be to achieve a precise and accurate aim).
  • Horses will be very useful in close quarters.  You will be able to slash down at your enemies with a saber, and your mount will also be an active participant in your combat.  Horses will be able to trample enemies under their hooves.
  • You will be able to attack slow-moving armored vehicles on horseback quite effectively.  On your fast and agile mount, you can ride in circles around a tank for example and throw grenades.
  • You can utilize your horse’s saddlebags to carry ammunition and bandages.  You can use these for yourself, or you can ride out and deliver them to teammates in need.
  • Your horse will have a lot more health than you, but it is possible for your mount to be wounded or killed.
  • If you jump onto a horse, you’ll find yourself equipped with useful weapons.
  • You can dismount at any time to fight on foot.
  • Your horse may wander—or even be stolen from you if you aren’t on it and aren’t paying attention.
  • Horses will actually be mindful of their own survival, deliberately avoiding situations which are likely to result in their own death.  They may even attempt to communicate danger to you.

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Seriously, all of this sounds ridiculously awesome.  Not only is this a huge leap forward for the Battlefield games, but this may be the most realistic horseback experience ever rendered for a videogame.  It will be incredible to see how it plays out!  Battlefield 1 releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on October 21st.  Don’t forget to pre-order, and be sure to sign up for the public beta which launches on August 31st!