Battlefield 5's launch may have been delayed by a month, but players may be willing to give DICE a free pass, as the developer is (quite literally) doing the same in return.
Between the 11th and 18th of September, players will be able to claim a Battlefield 1 premium pass to give them access to all the game's goodies. This includes premium maps, weapons, vehicles, operations and elite classes from the expansions.
Best of all, as the event is a giveaway, the pass will be yours to keep permanently. DICE said this is its way to "capstone all the giveaways and rewards from the Road to Battlefield 5," and boy, is it a significant freebie.
DICE is currently giving away two Battlefield expansions - Battlefield 1's Turning Tides and Battlefield 4's Second Assault - as part of its ongoing Road to Battlefield 5 campaign. Both are free on all platforms until July 17th.
Turning Tides is focussed on the 1915 British amphibious assault of the Gallipoli peninsula, and features new weapons, new vehicles, and four new maps: Cape Helles, Achi Baba, Heligoland Bight, and Zeebrugge. Second Assault, meanwhile, is described by DICE as a "love letter to the classic maps of Battlefield 3, redesigned with the power of the Frostbite 3 game engine". It includes five new weapons, a dune buggy, ten assignments, and a Capture the Flag mode.
Both expansions can be downloaded for free until next Tuesday, July 17th, on all supported platforms via their respective online stores - that's the Microsoft Store for Xbox One, the PlayStation Store for PS4, and Origin for PC. Helpful links can be found in DICE's blog post.
Intrepid Battlefield 1 players have solved an eye-catching Easter egg - and uncovered the date of the reveal of Battlefield V.
DICE will end Battlefield 1's monthly updates in June 2018, it's announced.
Battlefield 1 came out in October 2016, but with a new Battlefield game, which Eurogamer understands is set in World War 2 and is called Battlefield V, due out later this year, it makes sense developer DICE would turn its attention away from the year-and-a-half-old game and toward pastures new.
In a post on the Battlefield website, DICE content lead Jonas Elfving said players can expect fresh content and various tweaks and fixes up to June. Updates can include everything from matchmaking and weapon balancing to "even Dreadnought horns that sometimes won't stop blaring".
Battlefield developer DICE is currently testing a battle royale mode for this year's Battlefield V.
2018's Battlefield game will be set in World War 2, a new Venturebeat report states.
BioWare's Anthem will now launch in spring 2019, EA has said, confirming recent reports of a delay.
Except it's not a delay, EA boss Andrew Wilson explained to company investors in a call last night (transcribed by Seeking Alpha). The game was progressing "well", but was being given "some free air".
"The first thing about Anthem is regardless of kind of how it's being portrayed, we are not looking at that as a delay in the game," Wilson said. "We've chosen to launch Anthem in Q4 and the date is really determined by portfolio of balancing consideration not for product readiness reasons. It's tracking well on its development milestones. We are really confident of its ship date."
Earlier this week, a YouTube video sparked reports that Battlefield Bad Company 3 would launch in 2018.
Some good news from the world of Battlefield 1: the Nivelle Nights map is coming to all players, developer DICE has announced.
Battlefield 1's big October patch comes out today and promises various improvements to gameplay, new Dog Tags and new gameplay settings, but the headline addition is it lets players browse servers for the fan-favourite Operations mode. This should make it much quicker and easier to start an Operations match.
DICE confirmed the news on Twitter (patch notes will be revealed this evening).
Battlefield 1's multiplayer will be down for two hours today, in order to deploy the latest patch. The update is automatic and downtimes are as follows:
Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can play Battlefield 1 for free this weekend with Xbox Live Gold's Free Play Days.
Battlefield 1's next expansion, In the Name of the Tsar, comes out 19th September on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, EA has announced.
According to a blog post on the Battlefield website, 19th September is when the expansion will be available to all players, but Premium Pass owners get it two weeks earlier, on 5th September.
In the Name of the Tsar includes six new maps, new weapons, new vehicles, the new Supply Drop mode, the Hussars and the Russian Army. The DLC also adds the game's first female multiplayer character.
A five-versus-five mode is finally coming to Battlefield 1. Incursion, as it's known, goes into closed alpha next month and you can register for it on the Battlefield 1 website now. The alpha is for Origin on PC only.
Battlefield 1 is now free to download from Origin and EA Access.
The Battlefield series has had perks, or specialisations, for some time. Battlefield 3 and 4 had them, but Battlefield 1 launched without them. Now, 10 months after the game came out, they're about to be slotted into Battlefield 1.
Battlefield 1's Community Test Environment (CTE) is now available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users.
Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 will join the EA Access vault later this month, the publisher has announced.
Battlefield 1 Premium Trials begins this month.
Battlefield 1 publisher EA has announced the game's first female multiplayer character, to be added via upcoming expansion In The Name of the Tsar.
Battlefield's global community manager Dan Mitre shared our first look at the fighter on Twitter last night. The unnamed soldier will be part of the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death.
The all-female squad was formed in real life in 1917, and was one of several such battalions from Russia to be involved in the war.
It's no secret the video game industry is trending towards digital, with an increasing percentage of console game sales coming from downloads each year.
But for EA, that trend is moving faster than it predicted.
In a financial call last night, EA predicted the industry will end 2017 probably above 40 per cent for full-game downloads. If correct, it means we're hurtling towards that magical 50 per cent milestone.
It sounds like EA's decision to take Battlefield to World War 1 worked out - the game's had over 19 million players.
Battlefield 1 developer DICE recently switched to a monthly update schedule for its WW1 shooter, and as part of this it's unveiled a new multiplayer map and teased future changes to the game.
The new map is Prise de Tahure, which is set in the autumn after the Nivelle Offensive. Here's the official blurb, from DICE:
Prise de Tahure sees French troops desperately holding on to re-captured heights in the Butte-de-Tahure region. The frontline trench networks cut right through several villages facing obliteration from the constant skirmishing between German stormtroopers and French raiders. This is a war of attrition. Adaptability and tactics are the means to wear your adversary down.
Battlefield 1 Premium subscribers will soon be able to share their access to extra maps with friends.
Battlefield 1's Season Pass has been detailed, some four months since EA started selling it for £39.99, with the four expansions bringing 16 new maps and 20 new weapons to DICE's shooter.
The first, We Shall Not Pass, has been thinly detailed before, introduces the French army and encounters in Verdun, a tank assault on the banks of the Aisne river as well as the more enclosed backdrop of Fort de Vaux.
Next up will be In the Name of the Tsar, which will bring the Russian army into the fray. It's a snow-themed expansion, and will be followed by Turning Tides which will have its focus on naval warfare. Finally there's Apocalypse, which will explore some of the war's most infamous battles.
Battlefield 1's incoming winter update will be introducing a new way to earn XP, with ribbons being awarded for in-game feats.
Alongside the feature - which is returning from older Battlefield games - the class levels are having their cap raised from 10 to 50, and it's now possible to vote on maps at the end of a match.
They're the headline additions in a fairly significant update for Battlefield 1. You can have a look at the more minor details over on the Battlefield blog, and the changes are all paving the way for the first big DLC update for Battlefield 1, They Shall Not Pass, which is due next month.
Ahead of the launch of Battlefield 1, developer DICE was criticised for not including the French as a playable army given, well, the French played a pretty big role in World War 1. Well, they're set to arrive in the game in March 2017 as DLC.
They Shall Not Pass is the first Battlefield 1 expansion, and it includes, as you'd expect, new maps, weapons and the playable French army faction.
In a post on Battlefield.com, DICE said the DLC aims to recreate the Battle of Verdun, one of the largest and longest battles of World War 1. Relentless shelling created massive forest fires around the fortified city, which the developers aim to feature in its maps.
UPDATE: EA has offered the following comment on the issue. "We would like to apologise for any offense caused by content in the last 24 hours posted on the @Battlefield Twitter account," comes the official response. "It did not treat the World War 1 era with the respect and sensitivity that we have strived to maintain with the game and our communications."
Green Man Gaming users are have complained about receiving broken Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 keys.
EA temporarily blocked Origin for everyone in Myanmar.
Scratch beneath DICE's shooters and you'll often find a weird and wonderful world of strange, convoluted and long-running easter eggs.
Battlefield 1 is off to a strong sales start: in the UK it outsold the combined week one sales of Battlefield 4 and Hardline.
According to Chart-Track, which deals with physical sales only, Battlefield 1 week one sales came in just under those of Ubisoft's The Division.
Battlefield 1 is on Origin on the PC, so we don't have official concurrent player numbers, but according to bfstats.com, the shooter is extremely popular. At the time of publication 196,687 people are playing the game, but the 24 hour peaks hit a combined 800,000 across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
You can play as a pigeon in Battlefield 1.
The Battlefield 1 EA Access trial has gone live a day early.
EGX, the UK's biggest gaming show, has announced that Battlefield 1 was voted Game of the Show by attendees, beating out big-hitters Dishonored 2 and Final Fantasy 15.
EA has released a new video for Battlefield 1 that shows off the campaign for the first time.
EA and Origin Access subscribers can play Battlefield 1 early, as you'd expect.
EA DICE has confirmed the maps and modes that will be in Battlefield 1 at launch, 21st October 2016.
The Battlefield 1 maps
Battlefield 1 developer DICE has detailed the PC technical specs you'll need to play its upcoming World War 1 shooter.
EA may just have a hit on its hands - Battlefield 1's beta was played by a staggering 13.2 million people between 30th August and 8th September.
To put that amount in perspective, let's take a look at other big-name open betas. Destiny's beta had 4.6m players. The Division had 6.4m. Star Wars Battlefront had 9.5m.
EA trumpeted the figure to fans today and named it the most successful EA beta in history.
UPDATE 4/10/16: Following on from its announcement of the Battlefield 1 military green Xbox One S, Microsoft has today confirmed launch plans for the snazzy Storm Grey and cool Deep Blue Xbox One S paint jobs.
Battlefield 1's open beta is to come to an end this Thursday, the game's official Twitter account has announced.
The open beta has been running since August 30th on Xbox One, PC and PS4, giving players a taste of two game modes on a single map, Sinai Desert. Players taking part in the beta who log in on four separate days and reach level 15 are awarded with a dog tag in the final release of Battlefield 1, which is due on October 21st.
We've been enjoying the beta - I'll have some short impressions on the site in a bit - and DICE has already made tweaks, removing the timer on Conquest mode that was bugging some players. Elsewhere, DICE is inviting feedback on the beta in its official forums - so if you've any requests, let your voice be heard, and if you've any questions our Battlefield 1 beta guide can hopefully help.
Battlefield 1's open beta launched yesterday, although many players have been left unable to connect to the game's servers.
EA's Origin online service fell over last night, the first evening the beta was live - although it doesn't sound like EA was at fault.
The company's online services have reportedly been targeted and brought down by a DDOS attack. A hacking group which has caused similar trouble in the past has claimed responsibility.
EA's Origin platform has jumped the gun and revealed some of the innards of Battlefield 1's £39.99 Premium Pass.
DICE has opened up about the unique role horses will play in Battlefield 1.
UPDATE 31/08/2016: 10:43am: The Battlefield 1 Open Beta is now available to download for all users on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
It follows one day of early access for those who signed up via EA's Battlefield Insider programme.
You can grab the beta from the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live, or direct from the Origin client. Download sizes range between 6.2GB and 7.10GB, depending on the platform.
Battlefield, a series famed for its multiplayer battles and not its ropey stories, will be turned into a television show. Anonymous Content, the company responsible for hit TV series True Detective, will be in charge, collaborating with Paramount and EA to make it happen.
Some Battlefield 1 fans think there will be a pigeon mode in DICE's World War 1 shooter.
Battlefield 1 has been extensively data-mined during the closed alpha that is currently running for a select few players, revealing what would seem to be every major detail about DICE's forthcoming period shooter. And I mean everything - so if you don't want the game spoilt for you it might be best to turn your head and look away.
Redditor Lobix300 has compiled a comprehensive list that makes some revealing claims about the shooter - namely that it'll feature 10 multiplayer maps and what looks like seven game modes, with Battlefield favourites such as Rush and Conquest joined by seemingly new modes such as Possession and Breakthrough.
The number of maps would make some sort of sense, seeing as Battlefield 4 also launched with 10 maps. Battlefield 1's selection seems to take in the entire theatre of battle, and joining St. Quentin's Scar - the map that's been detailed in what we've seen of the game so far - are what seems to be various other locales. The filenames below give a fair indication of what to expect.
DICE's decision to go back to WWI for its latest Battlefield looks to have been complemented by a wealth of historical research and a neat line in authenticity, as chronicled by a recent and quite fascinating video detailing all the real-life artifacts that have made their way into the game.
Coming up to three years after its release, DICE continues to tweak and fine-tune Battlefield 4, with an all-new user interface that will make it easier for players to partner up in squads and to find maps and modes.
Battlefield 1's multiplayer modes leave out two key World War 1 countries: France and Russia.
UPDATE: Want to see more? Here's 45 minutes of Battlefield 1 multiplayer gameplay footage, as played by celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Jamie Foxx earlier today. What is that in Snoop Dogg's mouth? How well is he playing? Who cares. Look at those skyboxes and those ruins!
We're heading to a special Battlefield 1 capture event at E3 this week where we'll record our own much higher-quality footage for you.
ORIGINAL STORY:Dice showed off all new gameplay footage of Battlefield 1 at EA's E3 2016 press conference moments ago.
When a game partners with a console you don't own, does that put you off the game?
EA's development chief initially rejected the World War 1 setting for the next Battlefield because he thought it wouldn't be fun.
Less than a week since its reveal, Battlefield 1 now has the best-rated trailer across the whole of YouTube.
That statistic covers games, TV shows and movies. After six days, it boasts a colossal view count of 26m, with 1.3m upvotes and 24k down.
To put that in perspective, compare those figures with the official reveal trailer for Captain America: Civil War. It has had five months to notch up 55m views, with 348k upvotes and 10k downvotes.
In last night's EA financial splurge we learned that Titanfall 2 will release alongside Battlefield 1 this autumn. Both have very different settings but both are shooters with a emphasis on multiplayer.
EA has officially announced the next Battlefield game as the World War 1-based Battlefield 1.
UPDATE 06/05/2016 9.10pm: EA has officially announced the next Battlefield game as the World War 1-based Battlefield 1.
UPDATE 06/05/2016 5.12pm: A new piece of Battlefield marketing material has leaked suggesting an 18th October release date.
As seen below, the ad says pre-order customers will receive the Hellfighter Pack, which is based on the Harlem Hellfighters, the first African-American infantry regiment to enlist for World War One. They also wore capes.
Battlefield 5 will be unveiled tonight at 9pm UK time, via a trailer posted online.