With EA’s Patrick Soderlund saying last month that he initially rejected the World War 1 pitch for Battlefield 1 because he thought trench warfare wouldn’t be fun, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen spoke during the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Global Technology Conference, revealing they were also worried younger customers wouldn’t know the war even happened.
“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…,” Jorgensen said, also mentioning there was “some debate” internally about Battlefield 1’s setting.
He later added:
I think what people don’t understand about World War 1 is the technology shift that went on during the war. 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.
Since WW1 took place across all of Europe and northern Africa, Jorgensen says it provides a big geographic opportunity for Battlefield 1’s content.
Battlefield 1 releases on October 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Since Jorgensen also revealed that Titanfall 2 will be out three weeks from Battlefield 1, it means we should expect it between September 30 and November 11. Asked about the competition with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on November 4, he said EA is “not uncomfortable with that.”