Battlefield V Discuss Balancing Tone in Single-Player War Stories Mode

Battlefield 1 featured War Stories, a compelling single-player narrative campaign where players view the war from several perspectives to truly capture the essence of what it is to be at war. The mode is present in the next instalment, Battlefield V, but this time the development team made sure to lighter toned moments to break the serious war atmosphere.

Design Director Eric Holmes was recently featured in an interview with Game Informer, where he talked more about Battlefield V’s War Stories. He mentioned how important it was to not disrespect whoever fought these wars, emphasizing the importance of the events and offering players the chance to experience these events.

So if it’s kind of a total offering, you want to make sure that, you know, let’s say this table represents everything and these four quadrants. The darker this one is, maybe the other one that’s lighter needs to be lighter to pull the center of gravity around. The more closed maybe this one is, maybe the more open this one needs to be, because there’s an overall kind of sense of how we want to measure where it goes. And people cried at some of the stuff in Battlefield 1. They found it very emotionally powerful. And I know I definitely laughed at a bunch of the stuff in Battlefield 1, and I’ve watched a bunch of streamers that play it too and watch how they react, so that’s an interesting new world with Battlefield 1, getting to watch people play the game online.

We don’t want to be disrespectful to the people who fought the war. That is an absolute line for me. I think it’s about respecting the events, and then exploring what it would be like to fight there and then trying to find a way to realize that in a way which is compelling within that offering. So, for example, the most outrageous one in this game is definitely “Under No Flag,” and the reason that can be outrageous is the people who fought in the [Long Range Desert Group] and the SAS and the [Special Boat Service] were outrageous, and if you go and read up on those people, there’s amazing stories of these people doing incredible, daring feats.

Battlefield V releases on November 20, 2018, for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms.

[Source: Game Informer]