The initial pitch for
Battlefield 1 was “absolutely rejected” by EA Studios’ executive vice president Patrick Söderlund, who worried that players wouldn’t take to the time period. In reality,
Battlefield 1’ s premise has earned it an early lead over Activision’s futuristic Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare, whose gameplay reveal trailer became the most disliked in YouTube history.
Infinite Warfare will ship with a remaster of Modern Warfare, and perhaps both Activision and EA feel that the futureshooter bubble is about to burst, much as the arrival of
Titanfall and Advanced Warfare previously signalled each publisher’s disenchantment with present-day settings.