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Battlefield 1's 'holiday truce' includes new game mode

War birds

It's easy to forget that as we sleep soundly in our beds, the screaming, blazing grindwar of Battlefield 1 [official site] is still happening on foreign servers. It's a good thing the combatants enjoy it. And, lucky them, there's a new game mode being introduced as part of a Christmas event, as well as some other bits and bobs for the troopers. Snuggle up and I'll tell you all about it.

The new custom mode is called Blind Delivery and it's basically the current war pigeons mode, in which you and the enemy wrestle for the affection of a sad bird, but this time you have no minimap and only handguns or explosives are allowed. It went live yesterday. Other details of the event, which EA is calling its "holiday truce", include a battletag for those who log in over the holiday period (depicting soldiers shaking hands over a football), vehicle skins, and a free battlepack - the game's underwhelming crates.

It's a smaller update than the previous one, when the WW1 shooter added a Fog of War mode and Hardcore servers, but no doubt it aims to get new and old players together for some jolly Christmas murdering. You can read the full details of the update here.

Mostly, I am disappointed DICE didn't figure out some way of adding a game mode which was just first-person football in the middle of no man's land. And while it's possible they are holding that back as a surprise for Christmas Day, I don't think it likely. WW1 shooter Verdun did something just like this in 2015, letting players snowball fight and have a kickabout. But even if Battlefield didn't follow its example, I still expect some players to stop fighting. So if you're out there on the 25th, don't shoot.

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Brendan likes all types of games. To him there is wisdom in Crusader Kings 2, valour in Dark Souls, and tragicomedy in Nidhogg.