(Update) 'Battlefield 1' image leaks appear to show World War I setting, October 2016 availability

Initially appearing on NeoGAF, the leaked image could confirm earlier rumors that the next Battlefield will take place during World War 1. The art features a zeppelin, iconic Mauser pistol, and a spiked trench club, used for close quarters combat by both the Allies and Central powers during the conflict.

A second image leaked via Reddit reveals the game's name, 'Battlefield 1', lending further support to the WW1 setting. A third image leak (via Shinobi602) has revealed the game's launch date - October 18th, 2016.

Battlefield 1

EA and DICE are set to reveal the game in full later today at 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST, and the developers are currently hosting a pre-show on the Battlefield website.

DICE is well versed with the World War 2 era, shipping titles like Battlefield 1942, but it'll be interesting to see how the studio plans to inject gameplay flavor into World War 1 combat, given the limited technology available at the time. Indeed, the World War 1 setting will put Battlefield 1 at an extreme polar opposite to Activision's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which is set to take the shooter franchise far into a future where space battles and robots are commonplace.

I'd normally tell you to take leaks with a pinch of salt, but this one's looking like a foregone conclusion.

How do you feel about Battlefield 1? Do you like the World War 1 setting? Let us know in the comments!