CTE stands for Community Test Environment and is Battlefield 1’s version of a test server. The concept isn’t new. We see them on games from League of Legends and Overwatch to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. And it sounds like it’s coming very soon to consoles.

Originally posted 6/6/2017

DICE does go a little further by incorporating much more community feedback into the design and balance of maps and features months before their official release. For example, Nivelle Nights and Prise de Tahure are coming in June and July – but folks have been able to play them on CTE since they were announced.

Obviously, the maps aren’t finished yet on CTE. But players get to offer their feedback on objective placements and the overall feel of a map. It’s all about DICE reaching out to the community to figure out what works best. The devs are even testing out the idea of bringing Frontlines to original Battlefield 1 maps.

8/2/2017 UPDATE:

Battlefield 1 CTE is now aviable on Xbox One and PS4. According to Battlefield Bulletin the download size is around 40GB.

And it looks like the Lupkow Pass map is available to play on the test servers.

What about CTE on console?

We’ve heard the standard ‘coming soon’ line for a while now. A recent comment on BF1’s CTE subreddit from a developer suggests it could be imminent. DICE’s Tiggr responded to a question about console CTE and said, “it’s soo close now!”

Still no specific release date, but it sounds like we are finally seeing some movement here. And it’s not like we haven’t seen CTE on console before.

Battlefield 4 CTE came to Xbox One via the Xbox One Preview Program. When it first launched Xbox One players were given access to the Community Map and three night maps from the “Night Operations Project.”

EA Play is this weekend, so maybe we’ll hear a little more info then.

Battlefield 1 still has a busy year ahead of it. Two new night maps are coming in the next two months. The next big expansion, In the Name of the Tsar, brings new weapons, maps, vehicles and female soldiers to the battlefield. Keep an eye out for the first gameplay footage at EA Play starting on June 10.

Battlefield 1 will have to hold down the franchise for another year. Battlefront 2 is EA’s main shooter coming this holiday season. In the Name of the Tsar is just the second of four planned expansions. And if Battlefield 4 is any indicator, support for Battlefield 1 will continue long after the fourth expansion lands.

Here are some short snippets from DICE about the last two expansions.

Turning Tides – Participate in the amphibious warfare of WW1 and engage in the daredevil Zeebrugge Raid, the Gallipoli Offensive and more.

Apocalypse – Go over the top in the most infamous battles of WW1. Conquer bitterly contested ground with brutal tools and unique weapons.

My question is, do we keep seeing a map or two drop in between the major expansions like with the Nivelle Nights map? There’s definitely the player base there to warrant more content. Peak player counts on PS4 hit over 80,000 daily. Another 50,000+ on Xbox One and nearly 30,000 on PC.

We’ll bring you the latest Battlefield 1 news from this weekend’s EA Play as we hear it.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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