Posts Tagged ‘Dice’

Star Wars Battlefront 2 free open beta starts October 6th

October the 6th be with you. (And also with you.) Lift up your Electronic Arts, as they’ve announced that the free multiplayer open beta test for Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] will start on October 6th, letting all and spacesundry fight around several corners of the Federation until October 9th. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s how Star Wars Battlefront 2’s crate system works

We already knew that Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] was doing away with season passes, instead doling out post-launch maps, modes and characters for free, but that doesn’t mean EA and DICE won’t be trying to tempt you to part with your cash in other ways. Battlefront 2 will feature optional microtransactions, letting players purchase crates with in-game currency and real cash. An EA-sponsored video from BattlefrontUpdates breaks down how this will work below.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 post-launch maps, modes, and characters will be free

Oh thank goodness, EA might be learning. After years of DLC packs and season passes which empty pockets and split playerbases, they are slowly (or partially, at least) turning away from that. Following the example of Titanfall 2, Star Wars Battlefront II [official site] will release new maps, modes, heroes, weapons, and vehicles free for all players. EA announced that during their E3 presentation-o-rama today, also showing off some swish action spanning all the Wars in a new trailer as well as hosting a lengthy live demo of actual gameplay. First, the fancy E3 2017 trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

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, DICE have revealed. They look pret-ty gnarly all right but it’s such a shame they’re limited to paid DLC. Read the rest of this entry »

Next Battlefield 1 map brings night battles in rural France

Battlefield 1 Prise de Tahure map

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Be a baddie in Star Wars Battlefront 2

After a long stretch of mumbling and leaking, EA have formally announced Star Wars Battlefront II [official site] for a November 17th launch. The boldly-going shooter’s big addition is a singleplayer campaign, and a new trailer reveals that it focuses on a baddie whose story winds through thirty years of Star Wars history. She and her merry band of elite spacefascists have been in the cracks of the big stories, and we’ll get to see her meeting big-name characters and whatnot while blasting zapguns. Here, check out the trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak shows Rey, Darth Maul

A cheeky peek at Star Wars Battlefront II [official site] has leaked out ahead of the official fan frenzy at the Star Wars Celebration this weekend. The wee teaser trailer will surely be pulled from the datanet by prowling cyberlawyers soon but it seems to introduce a little of the singleplayer campaign, as well as showing that the game will span the heptalogy and include everyone from Darth Maul and Yoda to Rey and Kylo Ren. Point your peepers at this before the cybersuits yank it and repossess your orbs: Read the rest of this entry »

We went house hunting in Battlefield 1’s Frontlines

Forty-one minutes after the first shots were fired, an explosive charge put an end to one of the longest games of Battlefield 1 [official site] I’ve ever played. This is the new Frontlines mode, which came with the shooter’s first batch of DLC. Thanks to the rules of this mode, the feverish WWI battles have become long back-and-forth fights over long tracts of land. Many players are reporting obscenely lengthy matches with some even lasting almost three hours. So I decided to jump in. Not to scramble with the other soldiers to the frontlines. No, no, no. But to stay far back and see if I could find a nice cottage in the French countryside. Here’s a blow by blow account (plus video) of what happened.
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Battlefield 1 to let your grubby mates play new maps

First-person mustard-gasser Battlefield 1 [official site] is set to allow friends of season pass holders to play on all current and future DLC maps, the shootmen at Dice have announced. This system of keeping buddies together no matter where they want to die is called ‘Premium Friends’, which sounds like a weird mail-order service for lonely people but is actually quite a savvy move by the gun scoundrels at EA.
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Battlefield 1 details DLC, holding trial this weekend

With the first Battlefield 1 [official site] DLC due to arrive some time this March, adding the mystifyingly-excluded French army, EA have started gabbing more about the other expansion packs. Hussars and destroyers and nightmarish horrors, oh my!

EA have also announced that a free trial is coming this weekend, letting folks play for ten hours with bits of multiplayer and singleplayer. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1’s ‘holiday truce’ includes new game mode

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.
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Star Wars Battlefront’s Rogue One DLC on December 6th

'Last one over the top buys the first round of Shtööhbs!'

With Star Wars Rogue One now mere weeks away from cinemas, Electronic Arts are gabbing more about how new Star Wars Battlefront [official site] DLC will cross over with the movie. The DLC, Rogue One: Scarif, will debut on December 6th with levels including a recreation of that tropical beach battle seen in the film’s trailer. It’ll also add new playable heroes in Jyn Erso, the film’s hero, and Orson Krennic, the Imperial fella in the white suit (a bold fashion statement, always) who she’ll butt heads with.

Before then, hey, all players can play the other expansions’ new maps and modes for free this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1 adds Hardcore servers and Fog of War mode

‘Hardcore’ servers have arrived in Battlefield 1 [official site], crammed full of warsettings to make the WW1 FPS’s multiplayer deadlier and more difficult. The official custom game mode ‘Fog of War’ has arrived too, chucking players into a foggy forest for team deathmatch action. These have both launched as part of the first BF1 ‘Battlefest’ event, which kicked off yesterday – hot on the warheels of this week’s BF1 Fall Update. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1’s Fall Update rolling out like autumn mist

Bad autumn news: everything is flipping freezing and wet and god it’s barely 4pm but the sun’s down this is miserable. Good autumn news: at least it means a new seasonal update for Battlefield 1 [official site]. Developers Dice today launch the World War 1 shooter’s Fall Update*, which rebalances Operations mode, tweaks the Suez Conquest map, fixes plenty of bugs, and generally has a good rummage in the game’s guts. Read the rest of this entry »

Reinforcements: Battlefield 1 Update Plans

Now Battlefield 1 [official site] has been out for a fortnight (here’s Wot Brendan Thinks of it), DICE are gabbing about their future update plans. In the near-ish future, you can expect a rebalancing of the map Suez, Hardcore servers, the introduction of ‘Custom Games’ including a team deathmatch mode, and a free new map. Read the rest of this entry »

Players Tackle Battlefield 1 Morse Code Mystery

Some soldiers of Battlefield 1 [official site] have stopped chucking grenades and sniping each other from across the map long enough to discover some pairs of mysterious headphones scattered around, which can be picked up by a single person during the fight. They then found that a jumbled morse code message would play if that person stood close to a radio station hidden somewhere on the map. What can it all mean? I’ll tell you: it means another elaborate Battlefield easter egg hunt has begun.
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Battlefield 1 Deploys First Post-Launch Patch

Battlefield 1 [official site] has received its first patch since the customary launch update which arrived alongside the game on Friday. If you’ve been playing over the weekend you may have noticed a few problems, and this patch does fix some of ’em, including incorrect class ranks. It should wing its way to you via the usual Origin update-o-way. Patch notes are over here but the forums have been throwing a hissy fit over who is and isn’t allowed to access that so do read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: Battlefield 1

Dice are going back to the twentieth century with Battlefield 1 [official site] and arming players with an assortment of experimental weaponry from the era. Then it’s out of the trenches and into enemy machine guns. Will Brendan survive? Let’s see.

A lot of us have grown up thinking that the Great War was a unique conflict – trapped between old ideas of warfare and new mechanisms of murder. But, if the Battlefield series is anything to go by, the killing fields of World War I aren’t all that different from any war that came afterwards. With Battlefield 1, the series has not changed very much. There are some differences, of course (and some quite good differences) but if you think muddy trenches and mustard gas are going to change anything drastic about the way you storm the next capture point, think again.

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Have You Played… Battlefield: Bad Company 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 threw out a little of the scale of the main Battlefield series, making smaller maps that didn’t contain the planes that offered some of the most fun experiences in Battlefield 2. But what it gained was better level design which more consistently delivered great, tense firefights.

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Battlefield 1 Campaign Promises War Stories In Trailer

War is dreadful. But also: exciting! We’ve already had a look at Dice’s next romp through War 1, by diving into the multiplayer beta of Battlefield 1 [official site] held earlier this month. But what of the story mode? This is normally where Battlefield games tend to stumble and fall on their own grenade. This new trailer showing off some of the campaign is here to convince you that it won’t be like that this time. It features lots of sad men saying brave things and then killing everybody with a gun. Come and see.

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