EA had a big concern about Battlefield 1, they were afraid younger consumers wouldn’t know one of the bloodiest wars of all time ever happened.
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Global Technology Conference (as reported by GameSpot), revealed one of the reasons EA was skeptical about Battlefield 1’s World War I setting. According to him, he was afraid that younger consumers wouldn’t even know World War I happened. He wasn’t even sure they would know World War II or the Vietnam War took place.
“World War 1, 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 1…”
World War I was one of the worst wars ever fought in recorded history. The trigger for the war took place on June 28, 1914 when Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip and his allies assassinated the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir of Austria-Hungary. The war officially began on July 28 when Austria-Hungary invaded Serbia. This brought Russia into the war. Germany ended up invading Belgium and Lexembourg, drawing England and France into the war. The war was divided into two factions, the Allies and the Central Powers. Allied Nations included England, France, Russia (1914-1917), Serbia, Japan, and the United States (1917-1918) among others. Central Power nations included Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria (1915-1918)
World War I took place between July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918. Though the war saw a huge advance in technological warfare (planes, tanks, mustard gas, etc.), World War I cost much in human life. With over 18 million dead, World War I ranks as one of the deadliest wars ever fought (World War II remains the deadliest). In the end, World War I never accomplished much, as it was a war based on a dispute between two nations. Sadly, due to numerous alliances, countries from all over the globe were drawn into the war. Worse, the sanctions and post-war conditions placed on Germany led to the rise of the Nazi Party, and the start of World War II (over 75 million killed). World War I, and the atrocities that took place, are taught in schools worldwide, so I’m not sure why Mr. Jorgensen thought younger consumers wouldn’t know World War I, or World War II existed.
Battlefield 1 is out November 21 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Those who purchase the $80 Early Enlister Edition will get the game on October 21.