The EA Studios Boss originally had massive doubts about Battlefield 1 and trench-warfare. In fact, when DICE originally pitched the idea, EA Studios chief Patrick Soderlund originally rejected the idea. He originally came around to the idea as DICE talked him through the different concepts around the game. He’s now confident in his decision to do something completely different and step away from creating another sci-fi shooter.
“When the team presented the idea to me of World War I, I absolutely rejected it, I said World War I, it’s trench warfare; it can’t be fun to play. If you look at what other partners in the industry are doing, they’re going into sci-fi; we’ve had a lot of success in the modern military space. But we felt like there was a need for a change,”
Soderlund reportedly said in a recent investor meeting.