Get ready to team up. Today we are introducing the first wave of Platoons features for Battlefield 1. It’s something a lot of you have been asking for, and that we are very happy to finally release. Our focus in this initial release is to add some of the core and most essential Platoons features, such as the Platoon Tag, while building a robust system that we can continue to expand and improve going forward.
Below is an overview of what’s available in this initial release:
Create & Manage – Any player can create a Platoon; you are however limited to one General role, the highest rank and the rank a Platoon creator starts with, at any one time. When creating a Platoon, you can add the following info:
- Name – This is required and must be 3-24 characters. Names are not exclusive, although some names may be restricted.
- Tag – This is required and consists of 1-4 alpha-numerical characters. Tags are not exclusive, although some names may be restricted.
- Description – This is optional and can be up to 256 characters long. Use this to describe your Platoon however you see fit.
- Emblem – You can choose an emblem for the Platoon from your own personal Emblem gallery. The emblem is then “copied” to the Platoon, meaning that if you later update your own emblem, it’s not automatically reflected in the Platoon emblem.
- Access Type – This selection defines how other players can and cannot join your Platoon:
- Open – Anyone can join the Platoon instantly.
- Apply-to-Join – Anyone can apply; Platoon members with permissions can accept or reject applications.
- Closed – No one can join the Platoon while in this state.
It’s always possible to change any of these values or settings at any time, as long as the Platoon member has permission to modify it.
- General – This is the highest Platoon rank and there can only be one General in the Platoon at any one time. The creator will initially get this rank, but can transfer it to someone else (which must be done if you want to leave the Platoon). The General has access to everything, including the option to change name, tag, and even disband the Platoon.
- Colonel – Colonel is the second-highest rank and has access to most Platoon management tools, such as editing the description, emblem, and the access type. This means they can step in for the General most of the time.
- Lieutenant – The Lieutenant is the lowest level rank with management permissions. Mainly their ability is to accept or reject Platoon applications, if the Platoon is set to “Apply-to-Join”, as well as link their Rented Servers to the Platoon.
- Private – Private is the initial rank any new member gets in the Platoon. This rank doesn’t give you access to anything, besides the fact that you are now a member of the Platoon and can represent it and join other members playing. As a rule of thumb, you can always promote someone else to one rank lower than your own, and demote or kick members that are one rank or lower than your own. Rank permissions also always stack, so if you’re promoted you can know for certain that you have the same access as before – and more.
- Find & Join – Platoons is all about playing together. In the “Find Platoon” section, you will sometimes get a list of recommended Platoons to join, which is currently based on other Platoons that your friends are representing. Once you’ve found a Platoon, its access type will determine how easy it is for you to join. Maybe you can simply join it right away, or you must apply. If you’re unlucky it’s closed, and that’s that.
- Representing and Playing with Your Platoon – For many players, representing your Platoon is what it’s all about and we have tried to make this process easy, smooth, and awesome with the new system. First, you can always only represent one Platoon at any given time, and you can also choose not to represent any. You will retain your membership and rank in the Platoon; it’s basically just something you toggle. When you represent a Platoon, its tag will automatically be displayed in front of your name and its emblem will automatically be displayed wherever your emblem is usually displayed. This essentially “overrides” your equipped emblem; when you represent a Platoon, we want you to really represent it.
Besides having the tag and emblem, if you fill up a squad with other players that represent the same Platoon, the squad will automatically be renamed to the Platoon’s name. Furthermore, if your represented Platoon contributed the most to a Flag Capture (with at least two members present), a pennant carrying your Platoon emblem will be shown on the flag pole. More bragging rights for you.
We currently employ limitations of 100 members per Platoon – if your group is more than 100 people, we suggest you create more Platoons with the same name, tag, emblem and description – and you can at max be a member of 10 Platoons. This includes pending applications; if you are a member of 8 Platoons and have 2 Platoons with pending applications to join, you will not be able to join or apply for any other Platoon unless you leave a Platoon or cancel an application. Increasing these limits are something we will consider going forward.
One of our primary focus areas has also been to more easily facilitate playing together in groups, so we’ve added the ability to always see where your Platoon is playing and join them.
The Road Ahead For Battlefield 1
It’s never been a more exciting time to be playing Battlefield™ 1. We’re thrilled with your overwhelmingly positive feedback on Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass. A lot of hard work has gone into it, so we’re glad that you love it just as much as we do. And we’re just getting started!
Here’s a quick look at the road ahead.
Monthly Battlefield 1 Updates
We’re devoted to bringing you the best gaming experience in Battlefield 1. In the past, we did this in the form of seasonal patches. Considering all we have in store for Battlefield 1, we’ve decided to move to monthly updates. With this new tempo, we’re going to bring you more of what you want, faster than ever.
Turning your feedback into battle-tested improvements that everyone will love is important to us. We’ll utilize the Community Test Environment to iterate on your ideas and find the best ways to make our favorite game even better.
Speaking of updates, the Spring Update is coming soon. It’ll bring one of the most highly anticipated features: Platoons. Finally, you’ll be able to organize and join forces with your friends, execute swift victories, and achieve goals as one unit. Stay tuned for more info on Platoons and the Spring Update release.
In-Game Improvements and Tweaks to Operations
Planning for our next releases, we’ve heard you loud and clear. We still have some work to do to make the game as frictionless as possible. We’re dedicating the May Update to revisions that will improve your quality of life in Battlefield 1.
This includes streamlining the flow into matches (especially Operations) and improving many gameplay grievances that will hopefully make the action feel more balanced and fair. The development team is also working on a feature update to the Battlefield 1 Rent-a-Server Program which we hope to release soon.
The New Battlefield 1 Expansions*
We can’t talk about the “road ahead” without mentioning the upcoming expansions. Each one is packed with new maps, weapons, vehicles, and game modes. We have so much more to share about the Great War!
Battlefield 1 In The Name Of The Tsar will bring you to the Eastern Front, where you will fight alongside the Russian army and witness the brutality of combat and the bitter cold of the Russian winters, as seen in the concept exploration images in this post. Prepare yourself for all new tactics employed by the Russian army. Though the frost is cold, the steel is colder.
Thanks for reading – we hope you’re as excited for the road ahead as we are. Keep the feedback coming and we’ll see you on the battlefield.
Aleksander Grøndal, Battlefield 1 Executive Producer
Andrew Gulotta, Battlefield 1 Producer
*REQUIRES BATTLEFIELD 1 FOR APPLICABLE PLATFORM (SOLD SEPARATELY), ALL GAME UPDATE, EA ACCOUNT, AND INTERNET CONNECTION.
Welcome To Battlefest
It’s time to celebrate – in the DICE 25th Anniversary Battlefest! Battlefest is an event-packed celebration of the Battlefield community and with the 25th anniversary of DICE, there are many reasons to celebrate.
There’s a lot going on during the two weeks of Battlefest. Don’t miss a single event – read on and learn what we’ve planned for the first week.
Earn Double XP: Although Battlefest starts March 30, we’re kicking off early with a 2XP event. All Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, and Battlefield Hardline players will earn 2XP between March 29 and March 31.
Premium Friends: On March 30, we’re kicking off something special. We call it Premium Friends, and it will let Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners bring their non-Premium friends along to play on the new maps – for free! Stay tuned for full details on Premium Friends.
Daily Scrap Award: We’re introducing a new way to earn Scraps in Battlefield 1. Earn up to 100 Scraps every day by playing, winning, and being highlighted in multiplayer.
DICE 25th Year Anniversary Dog Tag: DICE is turning 25 this year. To celebrate the creators of Battlefield and you, the fans of the franchise, we’re handing out the 25th Year Anniversary Dog Tag. Here’s to another quarter century!
The #BFWeekly Battlefest Overview Livestream: Tune in to Twitch.tv/battlefield/ on March 30, 1PM PT for Battlefield 1 gameplay, great giveaways, and more.
New Custom Game: Continuing our Custom Games, you’ll be able to enjoy Battlefield 1 multiplayer with a twist – this time on the maps of They Shall Not Pass. We’re kicking off with the fan-favorite Custom Game “Line of Sight”.
New Battlepack Revision: The new revision of Battlepacks is dubbed the Battlefest Revision and will contain plenty of weapon and vehicle skins. There will also be three new melee weapons to collect puzzle pieces for.
Get a Free Battlepack: Login between March 31 and April 1, and you’ll receive a free Battlepack from the Battlefest revision.
#FridayNightBattlefield on XP1: Your weekly chance to play with DICE developers returns in a new #FridayNightBattlefield. This Friday, the event will take place on They Shall Not Pass maps exclusively.
Enjoy the events. We’ve got a lot more planned – so stay tuned for a summary of next week’s Battlefest happenings.
Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass: Early Access Is Coming
Very soon, it’s time to make a stand. On March 14, Battlefield™ 1 Premium Pass*† owners can join the French Army’s fight as early access to Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass* rolls out.
We hope you’ll enjoy exploring the 4 all-new maps, the new weapons, and the new mode Frontlines. Have fun wielding the Trench Raider’s brutal Raider Club and piloting the Char 2C behemoth tank. Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass is packed with content – hit the link below and browse through it all.
The Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass update is a required download for all Battlefield 1 players. This has several benefits including that players who don’t yet own the expansion will be able to watch Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass matches through Spectator Mode. As always, find all Battlefield 1 update notes here.
There is much more on the horizon for Battlefield 1 players. We recently revealed details on the upcoming expansion packs: Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar, Battlefield 1 Turning Tides, and Battlefield 1 Apocalypse.
So get out there. Don the blue uniform and defend your homeland. Experience Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass. Ils Ne Passeront Pas.
* Requires Battlefield 1 on applicable platform (sold separately), all game updates, internet connection, and EA account.
† Early access only available for any expansion pack not yet released. Check www.battlefield.com/games/battlefield-1/premium often for details and release dates for each expansion pack.
Battlefield 4 CTE Sunset
Hello Battlefield 4 fans,
The Battlefield 4 Community Test Environment was a fantastic tool the DICE development team used to test unreleased content in a live environment, tweak and balance features, weapons, vehicles, and more, and even create new maps for Battlefield 4.
As we have moved on from Battlefield 4 to focus on other titles there is no longer any new content to be tested on the Battlefield 4 CTE. During the transition off of Battlefield 4, we kept CTE open for any opportunities to test other proposed content. The Battlefield 4 CTE has served its purpose and there is no further development for Battlefield 4, therefore we will be ending the service on March 6th, 2017. We appreciate all the hours logged by the community, all the feedback you’ve shared, and all the experiences that we had together in the Battlefield 4 CTE.
We thank you for your participation and we’ll see you on the battlefield!
David “t1gge” Sirland