It doesn’t matter which map I play when I jump on Battlefield 1, the second map is almost always Sinai Desert. I don’t know why EA hates me, but I am sick of playing that map. First the beta, now all the time in the full game. It wouldn’t be so bad if the load times weren’t ridiculous.

The folks at DICE must have heard me grumbling. A feature that is a staple in most other shooters comes to Battlefield 1 today. Post-match map voting. Here are the details.

We’ve added the feature to vote for the next map after a match is over. Players on the server will get two options to vote for, and whichever alternative gets the most votes will be the next map. The options will be randomly selected from the server’s map rotation. This is done during the end of round screen, so no extra time between rounds has been added.

(UPDATE: It looks like map voting is only for rented servers right now. I played several games on official servers and didn’t see any option to vote. Weird DICE didn’t put the feature on every server. Hopefully they will add it soon. Let me know if you’ve seen the option to vote on official servers.)

Now, I just need to count on everyone not voting for Sinai Desert when it comes up. Please, don’t torture me.

The much-needed map voting system is one piece of a sizable update hitting Battlefield 1 today. Ribbons are making a return along with an increase in Class Rank caps.

We’re going from 10 to 50. No new weapons at the end of this carrot stick, but you’ll get a new battlepack every 10 levels, and a Class flair once you hit 50. We have to wait a little longer for new ways to blast folks in multiplayer. New weapons will land as part of the They Shall Not Pass expansion coming in March. New guns, maps, a new mode and more are coming soon.

Renting a server? DICE is adding the ability to kick and ban people from servers. Someone not playing fair? Give them the boot.

The full patch notes are packed with the usual bug fixes. Many of the weapons are receiving tweaks too, so if you notice something’s not quite right with your favorite gun – it’s not just you. Take a peek at the full patch notes to see all the changes.

I’ll keep you posted once we learn more about next month’s first expansion. It’ll be nice to grab a couple of new weapons, that’s for sure.

What Battlefield 1 map will you be trying to steer clear of?



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