The rumor that the next Battlefield game would take place during World War 1 has been circulating for some time now, but an image that popped up on Xbox One dashboards today seems to confirm the theory. Or does it? *dramatic music*
And just so you know this isn't a fake and that it really was posted to Xbox One owners' dashboards, here's a picture taken of my TV. You can even see me waving in the reflection. Hi Mom!
The image shows a man holding what looks like a Mauser pistol and trench club, while a zeppelin looms in the background. That all fits with the WW1 theme, but there are a few details that throw me off. I'm no weapons expert, but the guns on our man's hips seem possibly more modern, and the guy is wearing a cape - not exactly standard issue military garb at the time. Honestly, when I first saw the picture, I thought it was a Doctor Strange poster.
But perhaps most curious of all is a tweet from game developer Ben Cousins. In it, he suggests that we all partake of some "random reading," and then links to a Wikipedia article about a game called Codename Eagle, which takes place in an alternate history timeline where WW1 as we know it never happened. Curiouser and curiouserâ€¦
We'll have confirmation later today of just what exactly the next Battlefield game will entail thanks to a livestream reveal event at 1pm Pacific/9pm BST. Why not watch with us?