It’s Haka Time: Maori Soldiers Added in Battlefield 1’s Turning Tides DLC


EA and DICE gave me more early access to content
from Battlefield 1’s upcoming expansion, Turning Tides on the game’s Community Test
Environment. As a result, this video is sponsored by EA. Everything here is in early in development
and may change prior to release. Today I want to talk about the character models
in Turning Tides – if you’ve been a channel subscriber and have your notifications on,
you probably caught the video talking about the British Forces faction in the DLC and
the whole discussion over whether or not they’re actually ANZAC soldiers. Since that video was released, DICE has made
some neat changes to the character models in the expansion, as well as adding a bit
of a surprise. While earlier models were rather generic stand-ins
for development purposes, you’ll notice the new models have changed significantly. Instead of looking like a bunch of wet-behind-the-ear
rookies, the British Faction soldiers look considerably more grizzled. The same goes for the Ottomans, but DICE is
clearly paying a certain culture some tribute with the British Faction’s scout class. The character model for the scout class bears
a striking resemblance to a Maori (mow-ree) soldier. Collectively, the term Maori refers to the
native people of New Zealand. Maori tribes supplied several thousand soldiers
under the New Zealand flag during World War I. Most served as part of the Maori Pioneer Battalion,
although many enlisted in other units. They fought on the Western Front and at Gallipoli,
with many winning accolades for their tenacity and bravery. Over 300 Maori were killed in action during
World War I. It’s no coincidence that the Maori soldier
in Battlefield 1 is a scout, either. Second Lieutenant Thomas Grace was one of
the most well-regarded Maori soldiers of the time and a rugby star. Grace was also a talented marksman, and was
tapped to lead the first New Zealand sniper detachment at Gallipoli. The group enjoyed great success as counter-snipers. He was killed in action a couple miles inland
of Anzac Cove in August 1915. It’s not clear if DICE are done tweaking
the British Forces faction for Turning Tides. Many players are still disappointed the faction
isn’t referred to as ANZAC forces, but there remain a few sticking points with that idea:
the bulk of the forces used in the Gallipoli campaign were British, it doesn’t appear
developers have recorded any Aussie voiceovers, and it turns out the term ANZAC can only be
used with special permission of the Australian government. Of course what you see here is a work in development,
and who knows what can happen in the coming month? DICE made great progress since the last time
I played the maps a few weeks back. What are your thoughts on the new character
models? Are you excited to see a Maori? Tell me in the comments. If you enjoyed this video, leave a like and
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100 thoughts on “It’s Haka Time: Maori Soldiers Added in Battlefield 1’s Turning Tides DLC

  1. Thousands of black ottomans fought for the Ottoman Empire

    Instead of doing black Germans how about including them
    And what about the many Arabs who fought for the Ottomans side
    All everyone remembers is Arab middle eastern hijaz and Najd rebellion

    Many Arabs fought for the Ottomans

    Ottoman Empire was one of if not the most multicultural empire of its time

  2. Thats pretty neat, never knew about that. See this is even more a reason why they should've added soldier customization, how freaking cool would it be to see a whole squad of those guys running around, each with a different role to promote team play!

  3. Kinda wanted the Maori's to be support and a Chinese guy to be scout. As a reference to Billy Sing a Chinese-Australian Sniper at Gallipoli.

  4. So when you spot with a Maori scout he'll say "Hey cuz I can see a fulla over there!"

    It's a pity they're not medics – when they drop a medbag they can say "fish and chips bro?"

  5. I'm pretty sure the kiwis didn't were folded slouch hats that was just the Australians but finally Aussies and kiwis are hherein Australian I'm happy the government said yes to dice

  6. Maori soldiers didn't wear Slouch Hats — those are Australian army issue. The NZ soldiers wore "lemon squeezer" hats like the one you see at 1:56. Either somebody at DICE screwed up, or he's not meant to be a Kiwi.

  7. That's awesome dice, now where's the Aboriginal? There were plenty in Gallipoli just like the Mauri's and we was black trackers bruh.

  8. I love the inclusion of the Wolesey Pith helmet on the support character as well. Very commonly used by British forces in the desert during the early 20th Century. I hope they'll be using these models for the Oil of Empires maps as well.

  9. Not to gloat but the 28th Maori battalion was know to be NZs most ellite unit during WW2. German general Erwin Rommel spoke highly of the Maori battalion noting their discipline and extreme efficiency in CQC. He famously quoted, "Give me 15 divisions of Maori and I could conquer the world" or something on the lines of that. As well as serving WW1 and WW2, Maori even fought in the Boer war.

  10. hi im actually from New Zealand and im dissapointed that on the new turing tides dlc, that the allies are consided british troops not ANZACS,and hopfully the Australian goverment allows them to do this

  11. They better add a Maori accent voice over for this scout class. They should choose Temuera Morrison or any other famous Maori who can do a great voice over, DICE you can choose me as a Maori voice over too.

  12. I looked at the old profile photos of these soilders, and alot of them were some of the most handsome yet noble and hardiest looking men I've ever seen.

  13. Thank you DICE for recognizing the sacrifice of Maori Soldiers and people. Private Toi Karini was awarded the Croix de guerre (French) Medal in July 1917 for acts of Gallantry during the battle at Ypres French Croix de guerre (WWI): The Croix de guerre may either be awarded as an individual or unit award to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. The medal is awarded to those who have been "mentioned in dispatches", meaning a heroic deed or deeds were performed meriting a citation from an individual's headquarters unit.

  14. 2700 Māori and Pacific Island men served in the NZEF during the First World War. Most of these men served in the Māori Contingent (aka the Native Contingent) and / or the New Zealand (Māori) Pioneer Battalion. Major-General Sir Alexander Godley, commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force recommended that the contingent go to Malta for further training and garrison duties, thus freeing up Pākehā troops for combat. Te Rangi Hīroa (Peter Buck) made an impassioned plea: Our ancestors were a warlike people … [T]he members of this war party would be ashamed to face their people at the conclusion of the war if they were to be confined entirely to garrison duty and not … given an opportunity of proving their mettle at the front.

    J.B. Condliffe, Te Rangi Hiroa: the life of Sir Peter Buck, Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, 1971, p. 127

  15. Mounting casualties and the need for reinforcements on the Gallipoli Peninsula forced a change in imperial policy on 'native peoples' fighting. The Maori Contingent landed at Anzac Cove on 3 July 1915. Here they joined the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, who were being deployed as infantry on the peninsula. Some Māori had been at Gallipoli from the beginning, having enlisted in the provincial infantry battalions. One such man was Second Lieutenant Thomas (Hami) Grace of the Wellington Battalion.

  16. Second Lieutenant Thomas (Hami) Grace of the Wellington Battalion was killed on 8 August as the Wellington Battalion seized the crucial heights of Chunuk Bair. During the assault on Chunuk Bair in early August, 17 men of the Maori Contingent were killed and 89 wounded. The contingent was involved in the assault on Hill 60. Te Rangi Hīroa recorded in his diary that the gallantry of Māori at Gallipoli had 'earned them the respect and admiration of the British troops'.

  17. The main attacks were directed at features called Chunuk Bair, Hill Q and Hill 971, with two seized but held only briefly. By August 10, the offensive had failed.The Maori unit was to play its part, advancing in silence with fixed bayonet but empty rifles on a position known as Old No 3 Post. Six times that night they uttered a tremendous haka to terrify Turkish defenders as they charged. "When they reached the first Turkish trench, there was nothing in it." Attacks on the foothills on August 6 were the only successful aspects of the assault on Chunuk Bair and a large part of that was due to the Maori unit.

  18. Battle of Chunuk Bair "We got our blood up that night. We went right up and into it with the steel. Hand-to-hand fighting was the thing. It was like the days of our forefathers," recounted one Maori soldier in the 1926 book The Maoris in the Great War. In the desperate attack on Chunuk Bair on August 8, New Zealand units seized the summit. But it proved untenable in the face of massed Turkish fire and a counter-attack which overwhelmed British units which had relieved the decimated New Zealand battalions.

  19. A letter from a New Zealand officer. "They fought beside me on the peninsular and by jove they are marvellous fighters. I don't think I shall ever see better. In New Zealand I never gave them a single thought. I have changed." The Maori soldiers continued to serve throughout WWI with more than 2500 enlisting. But on the Western Front, they formed a Pioneer Battalion, performing engineering tasks in the trenches and conducting the occasional raid on German trenches.

  20. I'm a Maori, we can not forget the Aussie Aborigines too they fought in W1 & WII aswell strong motherfuckers too.

  21. I am a NZ myself and although I can't afford BF1 I'm still glad that the Māori are a part of a great game. Wait did he just say that the term A.N.Z.A.C can only be used once permission from the AUSTRALIANS? What about New Zealand?

  22. Ditch the Aussie cowboy hat for a proper lemon squeezer or plith helmet…do a bit of homework with the uniforms mate

  23. Make the change. New Zealand and Australia army were the bulk of the Commonwealth forces. Thats why New Zealand and Australia joined forces.

    And the Maori Battalion was the bulk of the New Zealand army with a few pacific nations added as well.

  24. Sorry to let you know but they are not Maori…..you can tell by the side pin up of his hat …….that is an Australian tradition they still use not only that he looks more aboriginal then maori….still pretty awesome though

  25. u do not need premesion from the Australian goverment for the word anzac anzac stands for Australia new zealand army corp the term is just as owend by the Zealand goverment as the austrailian goverment 10.441819487045617% of all new zealamders thought in ww1 well Australians had 0.008360309525352072%

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