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Battlefield 1 is getting a thorough rebalance in the wake of beta feedback.

Battlefield 1 beta players had plenty to say about the recent testing, and DICE has confirmed several changes to its design in response.

One of the most important changes is to Battlefield 1’s Conquest mode. The ticketing system in the beta only awarded points for capturing objectives, which really downplayed contributions from those with high kill counts, making the mode feel more like Domination. The new version awards points for kills and captures.

Rush has also been changed but DICE hasn’t said exactly what will be changing. We’ll have to wait and see what happens when Batlefield 1 launches in October, but the community is hopeful the defensive artillery and vehicles will be tweaked and balanced.

Two classes will be rebalanced: Light Tank will be nerfed, and Support will be buffed. Horses will be nerfed as well, since they were a bit too hardy in their Battlefield 1 beta incarnation.

If you’d like to hear all this direct from DICE, Battlefield 1 lead world designer Daniel Berlin has posted on the Battlefield website, but Westie provides plenty of context for the changes in the video above.

Going head-to-head against the sci-fi leanings of this year’s Call of Duty, Battlefield 1 explores WWI, which is new territory for the series. The hype seems to be pretty lively, suggesting EA’s gamble may play off.



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Those picking up Battlefield 1 next month will be handed a freebie not too long after purchase.

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It will come in the form of a map included in a free update on December 1, just over one month post launch.

The map is called Giant’s Shadow, and here players will take part in the Battle of the Selle which occurred October 17–25, 1918 along the Selle River in France. The battle takes place during the Hundred Days Offensive, which was the final period of World War, and finds players moving out of the trenches and into a open battlefield where a giant airship has crashed.

The British forces have broken through the Hindenburg line and are now pursuing the enemy toward an “important railway center.”

Players should expect tense infantry and tank engagements across open ground and river banks alongside the Cateu-Wassigny railway. Here, according to DICE, is where “an armored train can still turn the tide.”

Again, the Giant’s Shadow map is part of a free update and not the Battlefield Premium Pass.

Battlefield 1 is out on October 21 for PC, PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One.



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Landships, planes and tanks. Oh my.

DICE has released a new Battlefield 1 video which takes a short look at some of the vehicles you’ll be using.

Vehicles have always played a large part in the series’ all-out warfare, and in the video, DICE said in this case, the vehicles are pushing the “sandbox to the limit.”

The team wanted to put more variety of vehicles with more movement, and to demonstrate the brutality of these vehicles as represented on the battlefield.

“Many of the combat vehicles seen in the military today go their start in World War 1,” said senior vehicle designer Patrick O’Shaughnessy in the video. This is includes fighter aircraft, bombers, and armored cars – all of which you see in the video.

And of course, the tank is featured in the video too. The team designed the tank as a “big, brutal beast” players should fear as its being driven about, dominating the battlefield.

Planes in the game consist of twin-seaters, fighters and heavy bombers all of which were light, but with very powerful engines. Players will be able to sense this as they feel gravity pulling them as they climb and dive.

In the video you also get a quick look at the custom Landship, tank, bomber and fighter planes. The Pilot or Tanker classes will be applied to the player when they enter either vehicle.

When taking control, the player will “eschew their typical class” in favor of the two new vehicle classes. This will allow the player to “trade-in” their Medic or Support kit in favor of playing as a Tanker or Pilot.

If the player is in a tank, they will be playing a character that is specialized in taking care of the tank and running it which will make them as efficient as possible. It’s the same with the plane. When deployed into it, the plane become the player’s primary weapon, and they’re fully absorbed into that role, rather than being an “Assault who happens to by flying a biplane.”

More information on Battlefield 1 is expected to drop at gamescom 2016 next week, and before the show kicks off, on August 16 we’ll get a live look at 64-player Squads, which was first shown off during EA Play back in June.

It will be shown via a livestream next Tuesday 12pm PT/3pm ET/8pm UK. The stream will also be showing off a new desert map and a look at battles on horseback.

Battlefield 1 will be released on Origin for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One October 21.



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The multiplayer factions have been confirmed, and they won’t include France or Russia.

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Battlefield 1 multiplayer factions won’t include France and Russia

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The French are confirmed for multiplayer as DLC.

In an interview with Lemonde, DICE’s Julien Wera acknowledged the importance of the country’s contribution in the war, and cited this as the reason that they wouldn’t be included straight off the bat.

Running the interview through Google Translate, it seems that the French troops will get a special dedicated DLC after launch. No word on whether this will be paid or free.

Thanks to our reader Antal120 for the tip!

Original story:

The multiplayer factions for Battlefield 1 were confirmed on Twitter yesterday.

When asked which nations would be included in multiplayer, the Battlefield Twitter account replied, “British, German, Austro-Hungarian, Italian, Ottoman, and American.”

For those of you that fall into EA’s younger audience bracket and as such haven’t the foggiest idea as to what World War 1 is, it involved France and Russia from the very beginning. England, France and Russia were part of the Entente alliance, and France made up a big chunk of the Western Front.

So the absence of these two countries as multiplayer factions is puzzling to say the least.

People responding to the announcement have been quick to point out the death toll for the countries EA have included and the dates at which they joined the war, most notably with America who pitched in the year before the war ended and lost 100,000 soldiers compared to France and Russia, who each lost over 1 million.

Unlike the absence of female soldiers in multiplayer, this is rather an odd decision on EA’s part considering the overwhelmingly huge numbers of soldiers from France and Russia that fought in the war, and the countries’ importance in it.

There may have been a hint that French soldiers might be added post launch in asubsequent tweet tha read, “Confirmed, there is no French army at launch.”

What do you think about the omission of these two countries in the multiplayer? Let us know in the comments.


Battlefield 1 has dynamic weather; same map can have rain, sunny day, or fog. Have to adapt how to play.