I’m not surprised. Sure, it would have been nice to see Battlefield 1 adopt DLC policies similar to Halo 5 or Rainbow Six: Siege. But Battlefield 1 doesn’t have to. EA/DICE aren’t trying to recapture or build a community. Millions of fans are already going to buy it.
Let’s cover the basics of what’s coming in Battlefield 1 Premium.
Four themed expansion packs are coming to Battlefield 1. That’s down from five in Battlefield 4. Granted, Second Assault was packed with re-imaginings of four Battlefield 3 maps.
All total, DICE will deliver 16 new maps, new game modes, Elite Classes, 20 new weapons and more. We even know the name of the first expansion. ‘They Shall Not Pass’ is a French-themed expansion and will release in March 2017. Another expansion will focus on the Russian empire.
Premium owners also get the usual two-week early access.
Battlefield Battlepacks and dog tags return. New weapon skins come in every month via 14 Battlefield 1 Battlepacks. Premium owners also receive 14 exclusive dog tags.
Premium will set you back $49.99/£39.99.
Will you buy Premium in today’s changing landscape?
Like I said above, I’m not surprised. But I am a little disappointed. Free maps with cosmetic purchases is the way to go. More importantly, it keeps the community together.
But back to the question I posed. Unless I hate the Battlefield 1 beta, I’ll be picking up Premium. In a perfect world, it should be free – but Premium in Battlefield 3 and 4 was more than worth it.
There is one thing bothering me about it though. And it has more to do with the base game. Elite Classes. Think Battlefront Heroes in the Battlefield universe. It worked in Battlefront because well, it’s Star Wars. How can you not make a Star Wars games without letting us play as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. But, Battlefront is a lot more arcadey than Battlefield. I’m going to need to play it before I’m sold.
Balancing these Elite Classes is a must.
I’m not too concerned right now, though. DICE has proven time and again they take care of the Battlefield franchise. Hell, Battlefield 4 was a launch game on Xbox One and PS4 and it still sees updates. And we have DICE LA to thank for that. The last I heard about DICE LA was they were possibly developing their own game. After their work with Battlefield 4, they deserve it. Just let them help some on Battlefield 1 too.
What do you think of Battlefield 1 Premium? Do games like Halo 5, Overwatch and Rainbow Six: Siege have you rethinking your stance on paid DLC? Or, do games like Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty get a pass?