Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 15 November 2016
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Battlefield 1, a first-person shooter set during World War I, was launched in Cape Town at MWEB's MCave but unfortunately the results of the Mirai botnet's attacks were felt all the way down south as EA's servers were affected during the celebrations.

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town

MWEB recently hosted two game launches at its MCave in Cape Town, the first of which was for EA's Battlefield 1. The game is part of the long running Battlefield franchise of first-person shooters and is set during World War I. The single-player campaign features storylines set in six different international locations during the war, in which the player takes on the role of characters from a number of different nationalities and ethnic groups.

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Above: Highlights from the Battlefield 1 launch in Cape Town. The video was shot and edited on an FNB ConeXis X1 cellular phone as a test of the phone's video-capture and workhorse abilities.
The launch event featured a number of competitions, including a cosplay competition, which was won by default by the only attendee brave enough to attend in cosplay; a target-shooting competition, which included a very fierce fight to the top of the leaderboard; and giveaways of Raru vouchers.

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town
Above: One of the winners receives his prize from MWEB's Derrick Kaylor.
The big, highly coveted, prize was a Battlefield 1 DICE Edition boxed set, which included a battery operated Harlem Hellfighter figurine with interchangeable weapons and light-up LEDs in the torso, Battlefield playing cards, and a download code for the game. It was worth about R2000 and was sponsored by EA South Africa.

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town
Above: Unboxing the figurine in the Battlefield 1 DICE Edition.
This time the game was showcased on Windows computers, with both multiplayer and single-player setups available for the gamers to try the different modes. Unfortunately the launch coincided with the Mirai-botnet denial-of-service attack that targetted Dyn, a domain-name-system provider, which in turn affected Twitter and EA servers, among many other web sites and systems, and, consequently, the plans for the Battlefield 1 launch.

This resulted in another subdued event that was lacking the enthusiastic energy typical of AAA-game lanuches - which is unusual for a launch at the MCave - as not everyone got a chance to try out the multiplayer gaming as it was reliant on EA's international servers working.

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Those keen to get as much experience in the game as possible, however, stayed to try out the single-player campaigns and, particularly, try out the tank and fighter-pilot missions.

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town
Above: Gamers got a chance to try some target shooting, with a prize going to the combatant with the highest score after six shots.
Though this was not the best launch that MWEB has hosted it was still a good night out for gamers eager to try the new instalment in the Battlefield series - and some very happy giveaway winners went home with some great prizes.

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town

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