For the first time, players can now purchase Battlepacks in Battlefield 1 with actual money in exchange for the cosmetic weapon skins that are contained within.
EA and DICE have added a new microtransaction option for Battlefield 1, allowing players to purchase Battlepacks for real world money. Battlepacks are in-game items normally earned as a random reward after finishing multiplayer matches in Battlefield 1. They contain cosmetic weapon skins that do not have any in-game effect, other than changing the look of certain weapons.
The Battlepacks can be purchased as a single Battlepack or in bundles of three, five, ten, or twenty. For those wanting to spend the cash, here's the cost of each option:
- 1 Battlepacks: $1.99 / £1.59 / EUR 1.99
- 3 Battlepacks: $5.49 / £4.39 / EUR 5.49
- 5 Battlepacks: $8.99 / £7.19 / EUR 8.99
- 10 Battlepacks: $16.99 / £13.59 / EUR 16.99
- 20 Battlepacks: $29.99 / £23.99 / EUR 29.99
The contents of Battlepacks are completely random (both those earned in game and those that are purchased via microtransaction). The addition is part of Battlefield 1's Fall Update, which went live a week ago, but the included implementation of Battlepack microtransactions was only just enabled.
A similar system was implemented in Battlefield 4, but the entire Battlepack system was overhauled in Battlefield 1. Instead of having Battlefield 4's Bronze, Silver, and Gold tiers of Battlepacks, Battlefield 1 has a standard Battlepack that can contain weapon skins of any of the three rarities - Special, Designated, and Legendary.
If unwanted or repeat weapon skins come from a Battlepack, players do have a use for them of sorts. Users can salvage them for Scrap, which is the in-game currency that can be used to purchase more Battlepacks, including upper tiered Battlepacks that guarantee Distinguished and Legendary skins. Those Enhanced and Superior Battlepacks cannot be purchased via microtransaction, only in exchange for Scrap.
DICE also regularly shifts the content of Battlepacks, with new Revisions changing what is in Battlepacks and which weapon skins are currently available. Players can see every possible item that can come out of a Battlepack, so players chasing a specific skin may want to preview that information before opening a Battlepack.
Battlefield 1 continues to be a popular game, quickly outselling Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline combined in its first week. It was the best-selling game of October with players having logged over 59 million hours of gameplay in its first week, with 36 million Battlepacks being earned.
The game shows no signs of slowing with Battlefield 1's Hardcore mode being recently added. For those wanting to jump into Battlefield 1, GameStop will be offering the game for $39.99 on Black Friday, $20 off the normal price. Walmart is also offering it on Black Friday in a bundle with the Xbox One.
Battlefield 1 is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Source: VG 24/7