Gaming News Round-up - May 6th, 2016

Battlefield 1 Reveal Trailer and Release Date

Set in an alternate World War I, the next Battlefield game will release October 21 (or October 18 for EA Access members, Origin Access members, or people who pre-order a deluxe version of the game).

Prior to being officially revealed during a livestream event, leaked images from an Xbox One ad, as well as retail display posters, identified the title and setting, as well as announcing a pre-order bonus. Those who pre-order the game will receive a Hellfighter pack, based on the Harlem Hellfighters - a regiment of real-life African-American infantrymen in World War I.

A beta of the game was announced separately and will be available to those who sign up on the official Battlefield website as Battlefield Insiders.

EA Boss On the Future of Consoles

Speaking to The Daily Orange, EA Chief Competition Officer Peter Moore discussed the notion that the future of consoles may look very different. Despite persistent rumors of the PlayStation Neo or Xbox 1.5, Moore theorizes that the consoles may soon be a thing of the past.

“Games will be accessed by streaming technology, so we don’t need hardware intermediaries in between the two. If you and I want to play ‘Battlefield 12’ against each other, we’ll just jump into a game via whatever monitor we happen to have in our homes. It’ll be on a chip, rather than in a box."

Moore also spoke in the interview about the rise of mobile gaming and eSports and the notion that they will continue to rise in popularity, as well as the idea that augmented and virtual reality still have some hurdles to overcome before they will really take hold in the gaming industry. He specifically pointed out the lack of social tools as well as the general discomfort associated with long sessions of gaming in VR.

Activision Responds to Trailer Dislikes

In the five days since it was released, the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer has amassed over 10 million views and over half a million dislikes.

When asked about the high dislike numbers in a quarterly earnings call, Activision CEO Eric Hirschberg responded, "while it’s very early, pre-orders are off to a very strong start. Views of the reveal trailer that you referred to are up and in fact the number of likes per view on the Infinite Warfare reveal trailer are also the highest we’ve ever seen."

He later went on to draw the comparison to Call of Duty: Black Ops II, mentioning, "[that reveal trailer] had the most dislikes of any reveal trailer we had ever made at that time. And that, of course, went on to become our most successful game ever."

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launches later this year. Deluxe editions of the game will include a digital copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.