Exploring the Desert - Battlefield 1, artwork by DICE
'Exploring the Desert' is an official concept artwork for Battlefield 1, the video game created by EA DICE. The artist is DICE Senior Concept Artist Robert Sammelin. This limited edition Certified Art Giclee™ print is part of the official Battlefield 1 fine art collection by Cook & Becker and EA DICE.
World War I was, by definition, a world-spanning affair. To cover the conflict from multiple angles, Battlefield 1 offers the player a range of war theatres. In this impressionistic Battlefield 1 concept art work, EA DICE Senior Concept Artist Robert Sammelin explores the tonality, atmosphere, and dynamics of horseback fighting, arab costumes, and the violent shattering of desert rock formations. The image may look exotic to Western eyes, yet the Middle-East was thick with fighting, and yielded at least one story that resonated with Western audiences: T.E. Lawrence's description of the Battle of Aqaba, where Arab troops on horseback took a naval base in Jordan after crossing a barren desert. Immortalized by 1962's movie 'Lawrence of Arabia', the raid on Aqaba is just one of many examples of World War I beyond the trenches.
Battlefield 1 is a first person shooter game in the Battlefield-series, made by EA DICE in Stockholm and first released Fall 2016. The game is set in World War I, allowing for both gritty details from the gruesome fighting in that war, but also weapons and fighting styles that are as far apart as aiming flame throwers at tanks, and hitting soldiers with shovels. Visually, the game takes its cues from a wide range of media: WWI-era photographs and film, but also post-war romanticized paintings, or the 'Lawrence of Arabia' movie.
DICE is one of the world's most prolific game studios. They are known for pushing the boundaries in game visuals and continuous innovation in the first person game genre. "At DICE, we all share the passion to create something extraordinary. We strive to deliver world class experiences, so we demand the very best from ourselves. We let creativity thrive in our studio by exercising a flat hierarchy and nurturing an attentive design process. We listen to all the crazy ideas thrown around the office", says DICE about itself.