Battlefield 1: Everything We Know So Far

By | 7 months ago 

Updated 10/11/2016

Battlefield 1 has quickly become one of the most anticipated games of the year, and we have compiled everything you need to know about the game in one place.

EA and DICE went all out with the Battlefield 1 reveal, showing off the game’s impressive visuals, confirming its World War I setting, and also offering some info about its various game modes. Some may have found the Battlefield 1 reveal a tad overwhelming, but the flow of information didn’t end there.

In the days following Battlefield 1‘s reveal, even more information came to light. Overall, there has been a lot to take in when it comes to the next core Battlefield title, and so we have compiled everything there is to know about the game in one convenient location. So, anyone that needs a quick rundown of what to expect from the game should read on and learn all there is to know about what is shaping up to be one of 2016’s biggest shooters.

Campaign

It’s probably safe to say that very few Battlefield fans buy games in the series for their campaigns. Even so, a strong story option can add significant content to any title, and it would be nice to see DICE improve in an area where the studio has stumbled a bit in the past. Battlefield 1 is the studio’s opportunity to do just that.

The campaign reveal trailer for Battlefield 1 showcases DICE’s unique approach to the campaign. Instead of one long story following a specific character, the campaign will be made up of multiple War Stories, allowing DICE to highlight different characters in different regions of World War I.

Multiplayer

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In the days since the Battlefield 1 reveal trailer dropped, DICE has focused a lot on the game’s multiplayer, and as they should – multiplayer has been the bread and butter of the franchise since its inception. At E3 2016, DICE offered fans a one hour demonstration of Battlefield 1‘s multiplayer component, calling on various celebrities to participate in a massive, 64 player online battle.

Beyond what has been shown in gameplay footage and trailers, there’s some other details DICE has shared in regards to Battlefield 1‘s multiplayer. For example, Battlefield 1 will have four main multiplayer classes. Players will be able to choose between the Assault, Medic, Scout, and Support classes in the game, all with their own quirks and specialties, as is typical of the franchise. These different classes are joined by two additional classes that focus on vehicle operation:  the Tanker and Pilot classes. As one can imagine, the Tanker class specializes in tank operation, while the Pilot class flies biplanes and the like. Besides tanks and planes, players will also have a chance to operate an armored train, if they so desire. Players will be able to battle it out with these classes on their own private servers, as EA is allowing fans to rent their own Battlefield 1 servers.

Like its predecessors, Battlefield 1 had an open beta, which allowed players to test out its multiplayer and servers well before launch. Battlefield 1‘s beta took place from August 31st to September 8th, and was the most successful beta hosted by Electronic Arts to date, amassing more players than Star Wars Battlefront.

Battlefield 1 Open Beta

Hopefully the beta helps Battlefield 1‘s multiplayer be stable when the game launches, but that’s not necessarily a guarantee. As some may recall, Battlefield 4 had a catastrophic launch, and while DICE is looking to have Battlefield 1 avoid those launch problems, it’s still a possibility that its early days will be rough. If DICE is able to stick the landing and deliver a functional online multiplayer experience for Battlefield 1 on the game’s first day of release, then it’s reasonable to think that it could outdo Battlefield 4 in popularity.

Regardless of its stability at launch, fans can look forward to these maps in the Battlefield 1 multiplayer experience:

  • Amiens
  • Argonne Forest
  • Ballroom Blitz
  • Empire’s Edge
  • Fao Fortress
  • Monte Grappa
  • Saint Quentin’s Scar
  • Sinai Desert
  • Suez

And these game modes:

  • Conquest
  • Domination
  • Operations
  • Rush
  • Team Deathmatch
  • War Pigeons

Availability

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When it comes to purchasing Battlefield 1, players will have a number of different versions to choose from. The Collector’s Edition, for example, comes with a number of Harlem Hellfighter infantry regiment trinkets, as well as some exclusive in-game DLC content.

Players can score some bonuses even if they don’t feel like shelling out the extra cash ($219.99) for the Collector’s Edition, as Battlefield 1 has some digital pre-order bonuses that vary based on which system players pre-order the game on. Those that pre-order Battlefield 1 digitally on PS4 can look forward to an exclusive background theme for their system, whereas those that pre-order it on Xbox One will be gifted with one free month of EA Access. Everyone that pre-orders, regardless of platform, will receive the Hellfighter Pack DLC for free, as well as early access to a future DLC map.

EA is counting on these bonuses to entice gamers into picking up Battlefield 1 digitally, instead of buying the game at a brick-and-mortar store. While Xbox and PlayStation gamers can still pick up a physical copy of the game if they so wish, those that want it on PC should know that Battlefield 1 on PC is digital-only in North America, which may be off-putting to some PC gamers that don’t want to bother with EA Origin.

Those that plan on picking up Battlefield 1 on PC should know the game’s minimum requirements, and here they are:

MINIMUM SPECS

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 2GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce® GTX 660 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 50GB

RECOMMENDED SPECS

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 Wraith
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790 or equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ RX 480 4GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1060 3GB
  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Available Disk Space: 50GB

In the meantime, those that plan on purchasing Battlefield 1‘s DLC may want to look into picking up the game’s Premium Pass. Retailing for $49.99, Battlefield 1‘s Premium Pass will give players access to all the game’s DLC maps – said to be 16 in total – two weeks before anyone else. Fans can think of it as a season pass, but with extra benefits. There will also be a free DLC map for all Battlefield 1 players, called Giant’s Shadow.

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It’s clear that there is already quite a bit for gamers to know when it comes to Battlefield 1. However, there’s still plenty of unanswered questions. Fans should stay tuned in the months leading up to Battlefield 1‘s release for more information on the highly anticipated shooter.

Battlefield 1 will be available on October 21st for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. EA Access and EA Origins Access subscribers can play a 10 hour free trial of the game beginning October 13th.