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1 month ago

Battlefield 1 players called a truce on Armistice day

As we all know, there's only one better way of honouring the fallen soldiers of World War 1 than observing a two minute silence. The best way is to load up Battlefield 1, a game about shooting soldiers in World War 1, and then not do that. At 11am Canberra time yesterday, (nearly) everyone on a Battlefield server agreed to stop shooting each other. Footage…

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3 months ago

Battlefield 1 goes cheap as chips and its DLC Premium Pass is free to keep this week

Battlefield 5's open beta is over, but the battle for objective points is eternal. As promised last week, EA have made the DLC Premium Pass for Battlefield 1 free today and for the next week. You'll need the game itself to use it, but it expands the (questionably) historical World War 1 FPS from 12 multiplayer maps to 26, featuring new classes, vehicles and weaponry.…

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Battlefield 5’s open beta starts tomorrow and preloading is available now

Keep it on the down-low, but I hear that there's a new Battlefield game coming soon. Even more shocking, this 'Battlefield 5' will be running a free open beta, starting tomorrow. No, really - I heard it on the grapevine. Better yet, you can start preloading it now if your connection threatens to buckle under a 12.5 gigabyte download on the day. Don't say we…

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Battlefield 1’s Premium Pass will be free for a week after Battlefield 5’s open beta

Any battlefield is as good as another, once you've got the taste for blood. Sound reasoning for a generous giveaway next week, at least. Despite the full game's delay, Battlefield 5's open beta is still scheduled for Thursday, September 6th (with early access for some tomorrow on the 4th), to run until September 11th. Rather than leave players desperate for more soldiers to shoot post-beta, EA…

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4 months ago

Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 4 receive another supply drop of giveaway DLC

Ever since EA announced that season passes were on the way out, they've been showering the (still very active) Battlefield 1 & Battlefield 4 communities with giveaways of premium-priced DLC, for those who haven't taken the plunge yet. Accompanying Battlefield 1's Summer Update (mostly balance tweaks and quality-of-life improvements, according to the patch notes) comes a triple giveaway. BF1 players can pick up the game's…

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6 months ago

Battlefield 1 & 4 get another wave of free DLC giveaways

EA are retiring season passes for the Battlefield series starting with Battlefield V, and it seems that they're gradually making that change retroactive, at least in part. Today, owners of Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 4 who only have the base games can pick up the Turning Tides and Second Assault expansions respectively for the always-reasonable price of free, although you'll need to grab them via…

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7 months ago

Battlefield 1 & 4 serve up free Russian winter DLC today

Battlefield V is practically upon us already, but its two immediate predecessors are still very well populated games. Still, thanks to their old focus on season passes, many players just stuck with the base games, a problem which EA have been rectifying lately with giveaways. Today, owners of Battlefield 1 can snag the In The Name Of The Tsar expansion for the game, while Battlefield…

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8 months ago

Battlefield 1’s They Shall Not Pass DLC is free today

The sun is officially setting on Battlefield 1 this month. After the surprise addition of the Shock Operations playmode, DICE announced that updates for their pseudo-historical multiplayer manshoot would be ending this June. That doesn't mean that the game is dying, by any means. In fact, owners of the basic edition (sans DLC) are getting a pleasant little boost today as the first expansion - They…

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Battlefield 1 rallies the troops for one final offensive

While EA undoubtedly have their problems, they've gotten a lot better at supporting their big-name multiplayer games. It seemed safe to assume that when Battlefield 1's final DLC module - Apocalypse - was released, that the game would find itself put on a back-burner. Instead, Dice recently announced that a new playmode called Shock Operations was in development for the game, plus they're making moves to open…

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9 months ago

EA’s self-taught Battlefield bots are a glimpse at the future of AI

So much of AI in games is smoke and mirrors, designed to create the impression of intelligence. Characters moving around navigation node-maps hand placed by developers, seeking cover behind whatever objects the level designers have marked as the most dramatic looking place to hide. SEED (Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division) are a research group with EA that - among other things - are experimenting with a different,…

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10 months ago

Rumour-o-rama: Battlefield V revisiting WW2 this year

How do war game makers pick which war to fight in their next game? It's a little-known fact that the games industry unites every year to settle this by drawing balls. It's important that games don't all pick the same war, after all, and draws were deemed the best method after several disastrous years of paintball tournaments. Call of Duty got the much-coveted World War…

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Battlefield 1’s final expansion, Apocalypse, is out now

Some people just want to see the world burn, but there's enough smoke and hellfire in Battlefield 1's final chunk of DLC to make even the hardiest of soldiers want to pack up and go home. Fittingly wrapping up the pesudo-historical shooter's tour of World War 1 with its grimmest battles, Apocalypse is live for anyone with the Premium pass, or the complete 'Revolution' edition…

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11 months ago

Battlefield 1’s final DLC, Apocalypse, thunders in next month

All good things must come to an end. Not to imply that World War 1 was good in the slightest, but the fanciful and oft-spectacular playground of historical inaccuracy that is Battlefield 1 is finally reaching the end of its extended development cycle. Battlefield 1's final DLC pack, Apocalypse, will launch in February. Set in the closing months of WW1, it brings the usual bundle…

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1 year ago

See what you’ll see at sea in Battlefield 1’s Turning Tides

Battlefield 1 [official site] is off to sea sea sea in its next expansion, Turning Tides, so come see what you will see see see. EA today blasted more details on the DLC, explaining about flying airships over the Gallipoli peninsula, cruising the waves of Heligoland Bight in a new destroyer, and shooting guns whose names have a lot of letters and numbers. It's still…

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Battlefield 1’s Russian DLC rides out Sept 19th (or 5th for the bourgeoisie)

The next Battlefield 1 [official site] expansion, the Russian-themed In the Name of the Tsar, will arrive on September 5th for bourgeois Premium Pass owners, DICE have announced. The proletariat will need to wait until September 19th to buy and play it separately, because that's the kind of division that seems sensible and justified to EA. Anyway! The DLC brings new maps, weapons, vehicles, and…

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Battlefield 1 adding 5v5 mode Incursions

A 5v5 mode named 'Incursions' is coming to Battlefield 1 [official site] to satisfy the bloodlust of that 'digital sports' rabble, EA announced today. Tch! 5v5 is over, gramps. Everyone's Battling Royale now. But fine, fine you take that to testing next month. More immediately, everyone who owns the Battlefield 1 DLC season pass today gets access to one map from the next expansion. Lupkow…

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Battlefield 1 bringing specialisations back

Hello fans of pointless mud-soaked combat without end. Battlefield 1 [official site], the most recent French real estate sim from Dice, will be reintroducing a feature that had previously been a mainstay of the series – specialisations. They are those perks and customisable skills you can attach to your soldierfolk to make you invisible to dogs, or 20% more fireproof or whatever. They’d been omitted…

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2 years ago

Battlefield trailer shows the Eastern Front

In The Name of the Tsar is the title of September's Battlefield 1 [official site] expansion, which producer Andrew Gulotta says will bring “a revolution" to the game. It's bringing eight new maps, the Hussar cavalry, the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death, and new forms of player progression to help with specialisation. It's coming September and you can see a little glimpse below.

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Battlefield 1 adding women soldiers in Russian DLC

It's not only French and Russian soldiers who were left out of World War 1 in Battlefield 1 [official site] for later appearances in paid expansions: women are coming in DLC too. Soldiers from the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death will serve as the multiplayer Scout class for the Russian forces coming later this year in the expansion In the Name of the Tsar,…

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Next Battlefield 1 map brings night battles in rural France

The Butte-de-Tahure region will host Battlefield 1's [official site] next map, bringing sandbags and hand grenades to the sloping, cobbled streets of rural France. The Prise de Tahure map will be set exactly 100 years ago in the autumn following the 1917 Nivelle Offensive, where allied forces tried and failed to push the Germans back in central France.

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