I know he's only saying this for emphasis but I'm kinda bothered at the lack of knowledge in respect to the level of technology on display here. And also the way this is phrased. The 'technology shift' was an ongoing gradual thing that had been going on for decades; perhaps the biggest shift in WW1 was a shift in mindset and the gaining of experience with these new technologies in terms of utilising them in a really large-scale war as opposed to the regular smaller conflicts constantly ongoing.Steven Bogos said:"I think what people don't understand about World War 1 is the technology shift that went on during the war. People started the war on horseback and ended the war with airplanes and tanks and battleships and submarines. And that's a huge opportunity for us to be able to do a video game around."
Submarines predate WW1 significantly. Many large nations had submarine forces at the start of the war. In fact a quick google tells me the first sinking of a ship by a submarine using a torpedo was in September 1914, just a couple of months after the outbreak of war.
Battleships were around since at the latest 1880. Even if you don't count the old ironclad designs as battleships its pretty hard to argue against HMS Dreadnought (1906) and the ships based off its design.
Aircraft. Most major powers had military air forces prior to WW1's beginning. In fact aicraft were used in wars prior to WW1.
The only one of the four mentioned that genuinely came into its own during WW1 is the tank. But despite that, designs were proposed prior to the war breaking out. It was the realities of trench warfare that brought them to the fore.
As for horses. Horses were vital in warfare even into WW2.
None of this was difficult information to check. I just used google. And I was already familiar with most of it anyway because I've always enjoyed looking at history. I know its not exactly this guy's job to be familiar with the intricacies of WW1 technology development but by the same token if he's going to play up that angle and make such grandiose comments it'd be nice if he could have some idea what he's talking about.