Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Battlefield 1 Update: 5 Things to Expect & 3 Things Not To

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A Spring Battlefield 1 update is confirmed and today we want to take you through some things to, and not to, expect from the upcoming release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.


Its been a few weeks since the release of the Winter Battlefield 1 update and the They Shall Not Pass DLC and DICE is once again talking about the future of Battlefield 1.


The company’s confirmed some new In The Name of the Tsar DLC details and DICE has also started talking about free Battlefield 1 updates, which, by the way, will be coming to you monthly instead of seasonally.


The developer’s also confirmed the first of these updates starting with a Spring Battlefield 1 update for all three platforms.


Given the balance issues in They Shall Not Pass and the lingering bugs from the Winter update, these announcements should be exciting if you regularly play Battlefield 1.


Today we want to run down some of the important things to know about the Spring Battlefield 1 update. This goes over the release date, features, fixes, and a few things you shouldn’t expect from the next Battlefield 1 patch.


Spring Battlefield 1 Update Release Date


The first thing to expect from the Spring Battlefield 1 update is a release sometime in April.


In its announcement, DICE failed to confirm a specific release date or release window for the patch but its indeed confirmed for this month.


A specific release date for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC isn’t known. Look for those details to emerge closer to the release date, after the patch has gone through additional testing.


Battlefield 1 CTE Testing


Speaking of testing, look for DICE to put an early version of the Spring update into the Battlefield 1 CTE for Windows PC users.


The company hasn’t announced when the update’s contents will make it into the Community Test Environment but if the update is slated for release in April we’d expect it to go into testing in the near future.



Unfortunately, DICE still hasn’t released the Battlefield 1 CTE for the Xbox One or PS4 so this release could be limited to PC users lucky enough to have gotten selected for the CTE.


For more on the Battlefield 1 CTE, which requires the Premium Pass, check out our walkthrough. It’ll catch you up to speed.


Platoons


Expect the Spring update to bring at least one new feature. It’s one that many Battlefield 1 players have been asking for for awhile now.


Platoons will be featured in the next Battlefield 1 patch. If you’re unfamiliar with Platoons, the feature will allow you to “organize and join forces with your friends, execute swift victories, and achieve goals as one unit.”


Many people will use them like you would a typical Clan. Others will use Platoons a social group for having fun.



While the features are subject to change, the above image runs down many potential features.


Tweaks


Look for the Spring update to include improvements and tweaks to the game’s balance.


DICE is reportedly looking into improving the bayonet charge and we could see some details emerge once the Spring update emerges on the CTE.



We could also see some changes to the popular Conquest game mode. These changes are currently in the CTE which means there’s no guarantee they’ll make it into the final version of the update.


It also looks like DICE will address some of the balancing issues in They Shall Not Pass.


If you’ve played on the assault side during Operations in the new DLC you’ve probably noticed these balance issues. It’s very, very difficult to win as assault on Verdun Heights and Rupture. We’d argue that it’s difficult to win on Fort Vaux as well.


It looks like the next update could patch up these problems though we don’t have the exact details just yet.


Bug Fixes


A Battlefield 1 update wouldn’t be a Battlefield 1 update without bug fixes. While nothing is confirmed, there are a few bug fixes you can expect in the next patch.


One is a fix for the invisible player bug that’s been bugging gamers for awhile. DICE has confirmed a fix in the “next patch” and we assume this means it will be on board the April update.


EA’s also confirmed plans to release a bug fix for the National Order of Lafayette medal that requires you to get 25 kills as a French tanker.


These are two known fixes and we expect the Spring update to be loaded up with a lot more than this. Look for DICE to include a bunch of fixes for They Shall Not Pass.


Don’t Expect These Changes


DICE is working on some big changes to Operations. While we could see some tweaks in this month’s update it looks like the company is saving some of the bigger changes for a May Battlefield 1 update.


In its announcement, DICE says that these changes will include “streamlining the flow into matches (especially Operations) and improving many gameplay grievances that will hopefully make the action feel more balanced and fair.”


DICE is also working on some improvements to the Rent-A-Server Program (RSP). We could see some changes in the Spring patch but it looks like some of the new RSP features will be inside next month’s release.


The developer says its “development team is also working on a feature update to the Battlefield 1 Rent-a-Server Program” which it hopes to release soon.


Don’t Expect New DLC


This is a no-brainer for many of you but we’ve been getting lots of questions about this now that new DLC details are out.



While it would be awesome to see In The Name of the Tsar released alongside the Spring patch, that probably won’t happen.


DICE typically puts several months between its DLC releases so we wouldn’t expect the Battlefield 1 DLC 2 to arrive anytime soon.


Last year DICE released its Battlefront Outer Rim DLC in March. The next DLC, Bespin, arrived in late June for Season Pass holders. We expect a similar timeframe for Battlefield 1 and its DLC.


Don’t Expect a Perfect Update


The Spring Battlefield 1 update will go through testing and it should squash some annoying Battlefield 1 bugs and problems. But don’t expect it to be perfect.


Problems will slip through the cracks, they always do, and you’ll want to be prepared to face these issues head-on.


To prepare, we suggest doing two things. One, follow the Spring update as it passes through the CTE. CTE testers will provide us with valuable feedback, feedback that could alert you to potential problems with the new patch.


And two, look into fixes for Battlefield 1 problems ahead of its release. We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common Battlefield 1 problems and it’s a great place to start.


You might encounter one these problems after installing Spring Battlefield 1 update and this list (or another resource) will get you ready.


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