EA has released a new video for Battlefield 1 that shows off the campaign for the first time.

DICE's shooter tells different stories that combine to form an anthology. Each story focuses on a different character. In a post on the Battlefield website, DICE said these stories are "about people rather than history or battles".

"The Great War is diverse. We knew we wanted to embrace that variety. There were so many different perspectives and characters in World War 1 and we wanted to cover as much ground as possible."

For example, Through Mud and Blood is set late in the war and revolves around a British Mark V tank crew. The focus is on a young soldier who is 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."

Expect cinematics from the campaign, and a degree of freedom in gameplay.

In Through Mud and Blood, for example, there is a part called The Fog of War where you find yourself in a misty forest. You move ahead of your tank on foot, clearing camps of enemies. You can choose to use explosives to blow up anti-tank weapons, or sneak up and do melee attacks.

"Eventually you'll come across a relatively large base with field guns you can either destroy to protect your tank - or use against the enemies," DICE explained.

"You'll also have the option of taking out an enemy tank crew, which suddenly gives you access to an enemy vehicle that you can seize for the encounter. This is all designed to encourage players to play it their way - just like in multiplayer."

Meanwhile, the Battlefield 1 story stars Lawrence of Arabia and The Red Baron, among other historical figures.

"Lawrence is put in a true underdog situation in Battlefield 1," DICE said.

"The Ottoman Empire has a giant armoured train called The Canavar - or 'beast' in Turkish - equipped with a huge artillery piece that can strike from miles away. The Empire's devastating artillery engages rebel forces - who are wielding rifles from horseback."

So, you play an Arab rebel who is depicted as Lawrence's right hand.

"This character needs to use her resourceful playstyle to scout out enemy encampments, liberate the equipment needed, and draw the armoured train out to a final confrontation," DICE said.

"Play it loud, quiet, long-range, close-up, on your horse, or in an appropriate vehicle - it's up to you."

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