It’s been rumoured for months, but on Friday, Electronic Arts confirmed that the next title in its Battlefield series of military shooters will be set during the first world war. While the rival Call of Duty titles have been marching ever further into the future, Battlefield 1 is an attempt to re-engage with fans of the genre, who fell for titles like Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor and the original Call of Duty games with their depiction of historically authentic scenarios.

“This was the dawn of all-out war, the switch from the old world to the new world,” says creative director Lars Gustavsson. “Battlefield has always been about the land, sea and air war experience. This was something we had to do.” Read more