Battlefield 1 News

Battlefield 1 monthly updates end June 2018

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".

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BioWare's Anthem will launch spring 2019, EA confirms

BioWare's Anthem will launch spring 2019, EA confirms

To give it "some free air" away from this year's Battlefield.

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."

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Battlefield 1's latest update brings Operations to the server browser

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:

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Battlefield 1 expansion In the Name of the Tsar has a release date

Battlefield 1 expansion In the Name of the Tsar has a release date

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

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.

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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 announces first female multiplayer soldier

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.

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EA reckons 40% of console game sales will be downloads by the end of 2017

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.

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DICE unveils new Battlefield 1 multiplayer map as part of switch to monthly updates

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.

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EA details Battlefield 1's next big expansions

EA details Battlefield 1's next big expansions

Four packs bringing 16 new maps.

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.

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Battlefield 1's winter update introduces ribbons, raises class level cap

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.

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First Battlefield 1 expansion adds playable French army

First Battlefield 1 expansion adds playable French army

They Shall Not Pass out March 2017.

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.

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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."

Battlefield 1 outsells combined week one of Battlefield 4 and Hardline

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.

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Battlefield 1 beta had an enormous 13.2m players

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.

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Battlefield 1's beta ends this Thursday

Battlefield 1's beta ends this Thursday

While Conquest gets a slight tweak for the last few days.

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.

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Battlefield 1 open beta off to shaky start as EA servers suffer outage

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.

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Battlefield 1 open beta launches this month

Battlefield 1 open beta launches this month

UPDATE: Now available to download on PS4, Xbox One, PC.

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.

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Battlefield is going to be a TV series

Company behind True Detective involved!

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.

Battlefield 1's launch maps, modes and campaign details leak through closed alpha

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.

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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.

New Battlefield 1 gameplay revealed at E3

New Battlefield 1 gameplay revealed at E3

Airships and more unveiled in first in-game trailer.

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.

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Battlefield 1 now the top-rated trailer on YouTube

Battlefield 1 now the top-rated trailer on YouTube

The Call of Duty downvote campaign continues.

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.

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Battlefield announced live: watch here

Battlefield announced live: watch here

UPDATE: Called Battlefield 1, release date set for October.

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.

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