Battlefield 1 is set in World War I in a way. The war was actually the beginning of more modern mechanics (and technology) so DICE decided to put a slight twist on the backdrop to allow the modern equipment usage. DICE explains it as the beginning of all out warfare.
If you sign up for the Battlefield Insider program you will get access to the upcoming public beta.
The game has 64 players and evolving maps across all platforms and will release October 21st, 2016 Worldwide. Though PC users will have to use EA’s Origin service to pre-order and buy it digitally.
Battlefield 1 takes you across multiple and varied locations in a bid to fight your way through immersive battles. From tight urban fights in a besieged French city, to big open spaces in the Italian Alps and frantic combats in the deserts of Arabia, discover a world at war through an adventure-filled campaign.
In a true multiplayer sandbox experience, take to the skies and engage in high-octane dogfights through treacherous landscapes, or have a battleship obliterating the coast from the sea, and engage in some of the biggest battles ever seen as empires clash for supremacy.
Personally I was somewhat interested in how this would take place because WWI was more about trench warfare and it wasn’t until emerging victories that some new tactics were introduced. It was those tactics that influenced a certain dictator to start WWII as he thought he had an advantage. (and with those tanks, he nearly did!) So for DICE to say there will be epic “air dog fights” it doesn’t relate directly to WWI as pilots were more of a recon type of unit during that war. Perhaps the entire game takes place during the end of the war? Or perhaps there is a really big spin put on it? Either way I just won’t take it as a history lesson.