Maybe people have been giving EA a bit too much credit for Battlefield 1. I mean, we have to remember who we’re dealing with here. EA, while perhaps not as bad as Activision, is still one of the most hated companies in the industry.
This is beginning to show already, with regards to what is definitely something all players should have free access to. So far confirmed Nations for multiplayer are Britain, Germany, the United States, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy, and the Ottomans.
France is not in that list, but is confirmed for the campaign. What is really worrying however is the choice of language DICE’s Julien Wera used when talking with IGN France.
“To really do justice to the French army in multiplayer and, once again, to show a side that we’re not used to seeing, we have chosen to dedicate an entire premium expansion with special treatment after the launch of the game.” (translated by pcgamer.com)
The words “premium expansion” ring pretty loud in that one. Premium, being paid, and expansion, being DLC, which was already confirmed previously. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like anyone was expecting a “no paid expansion” game when dealing with EA, but it is a bit alarming that perhaps a core faction would be on that list.
In any event, you can’t deny that EA is giving the fans of the shooter genre what we’ve all wanted. A boots-on-the-ground, early war setting has been desired for some time now. The game looks amazing and it seems the positives are heavily outweighing the negatives.