I’m ready to believe in you, DICE. Really. You haven’t put out a quality story in a shooter since Bad Company 2, and even that was pretty much standard stuff. Battlefield 1, thanks largely to its untouched World War I setting, has the potential to offer up a campaign that towers over contemporary war games.

So far, I’m digging what DICE has said about the story. Well, more specifically, the stories.

Instead of a single character somehow bouncing around each theater of war, Battlefield 1  will feature “a set of characters with their own more focused stories.”

Here’s a full example, courtesy of DICE.

One example is the War Story Through Mud and Blood. It takes place late in the war and centers on a British Mark V Tank crew. The story focuses on a young soldier assigned to the crew as the tank’s driver. However, our protagonist has no experience of these modern war vehicles and need to learn – and learn fast. Our hero is also struggling with earning the trust of his fellow crew members, so there’s a social dynamic in the story, making the whole thing something personal. Danny Edwards, our driver character, is not an ace sniper. He’s not a crack pilot. He’s not a demo expert. He’s a former chauffeur – a volunteer new to the war. He can drive and he can fix things. That’s where we start.

World War I is regarded as one of history’s most treacherous conflicts. If DICE can bring some intimacy to their stories, give weight to the deaths of soldiers and make gamers feel terror at the sight of trenches and mustard gas, this game could be compelling in ways other shooters could never even dream of.

I’m hoping that’s the case.

Battlefield 1 will hit the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 21, 2016.

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