Buying Games Day One Is No Longer the Tempting Proposition It Once Was

Picture the scene: It’s launch day, and after keeping a close eye on ‘Game X’ for months — years, even — the wait is finally over. If you chose to pre-order, ‘Game X’ likely popped through your letterbox in time for breakfast, otherwise you’d typically pay a visit to your local store in order to pick up a copy, hot off the shelf. Tearing the cellophane off your shiny new timesink — providing you favored physical over digital, of course — is an innocent thrill that all players can relate to on some level. But there’s another, near-universal feeling that many of us have felt on launch days gone by, and that’s frustration. Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat; launch day should be cause for celebration on both ends of the industry’s production line. For the developer, it’s that oh-so-sweet moment of crossing the finish line and shipping a product to market that embodies years of hard graft, while the consumer, having spent the entire dev cycle looking on from afar, finally has the opportunity to lay hands on the finished product. Known Shippable But that’s just it; the term “finished product” doesn’t necessarily carry the same…


Battlefield 1’s Winter Update Adds Ribbons, Increases Class Level Cap

Numerous changes are coming to Battlefield 1 as part of a winter update. Alongside the expansion pack They Shall Not Pass, the game will see changes to class rankings and the addition of combat ribbons. Advertisement In a blog post today, the Battlefield 1 team outlined some new additions that will come in the game’s winter update. Chief among these are combat ribbons. In previous titles, ribbons were in-game commendations given to players for completing certain tasks in a round. By killing enemies with a specific weapon type or completing objective, players could earn extra experience. Adding them to Battlefield 1 should encourage people to play the goddamn objective and make up for the less than stellar medal system. Expansion to class ranks from a max rank of 10 to 50 will also drive players to focus on their roles. I need competent medics who revive, dang it! Additionally, more information is getting revealed about the new expansion They Shall Not Pass, which focuses on the French army. jackfrags has outlined the history of the new guns which include the bizarre looking Chauchat light machine gun and its moon shaped READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Battlefield 1 Update Today Adds Ribbons, New Max Class Rank & More

4.86GB on PlayStation 4, the Battlefield 1 Winter Update is now available to download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, EA has announced. Along with a number of bug fixes, today’s Battlefield 1 update allows you to collect Ribbons, unlock an Elite Codex for eight of the available primary weapons in the game, reach the new max Class Rank of 50, vote for the next map after a match is over, and more. Here’s the biggest additions with the Winter Update: Ribbons You will now be able to collect Ribbons as you play. There are 20 different Ribbons to collect, and each time you get a Ribbon you also receive a 300XP. The Ribbons are designed to promote good teamplay and playing the objective. If you have suggestions for other Ribbons you’d like us to add, we’re always listening! This is just the beginning. Elite Codices It is now possible to unlock an Elite Codex for eight of the available primary weapons in the game. All you need to do is get 500 more kills per applicable weapon. Not only will you get a shiny Elite Codex, but you will also be awarded 25,000 bonus XP. Not bad when you’re chasing those new READ FULL…


Battlefield 1 Winter Update Will Be “Strong,” DICE “Committed” to HDR Support for Consoles

The official Battlefield 1 Twitter account posted the following teaser over the weekend, implying that the game is set to receive its Winter update real soon. Neither patch notes nor further details are available yet but answering fans, DICE promised that it’ll be a “strong” update. If this past Fall’s patch is any indication, expect a hefty changelog. Stay tuned. The Winter Update is coming. — Battlefield (@Battlefield) February 10, 2017 Elsewhere on Twitter, fans asked DICE when we can expect to see HDR support for the game, to which the developer said, “EA and DICE are committed to supporting HDR on PS4 Pro/Xbox One. We will share details once we have them available.” Perhaps, we’ll hear something this week and/or it might be a part of the Winter update. Here’s hoping! Battlefield 1’s They Shall Not Pass expansion releases this March, and comes with four new maps, the French army, Frontlines game mode, Trench Raider Elite Class, new vehicles, and more. We’ll share the Winter patch notes with our readers as soon as we have them. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


EA: FIFA 17 Was the #1 Console Title of 2016, Titanfall 2 Missed Expectations

Call of Duty may have been the biggest console franchise of 2016, but FIFA 17 was the best-selling console title in the world in 2016, according to Electronic Arts. In their Q3 FY17 (ended December 31, 2016) financial results, EA announced FIFA 17’s success, adding that more than 10 million users have played The Journey, the game’s new single-player mode. Compared to FIFA 16, sell-through was up 8% during Q2 and Q3, and it’s on track to be the best-selling game in the franchise. Battlefield 1, meanwhile, saw the biggest launch of any Battlefield title ever, and its launch player base was 50% larger than Battlefield 4’s in its launch quarter. Battlefield 1 is also on track to the best-selling game in the franchise. CFO Blake Jorgensen talked about their record quarter: With the top console games and most-downloaded mobile portfolio in the industry for Q3, Electronic Arts is growing, engaging and exciting a global community of players. We will continue to push the boundaries of play, with stunning new titles like Mass Effect Andromeda, global competitive gaming tournaments and more amazing experiences coming in the year ahead. For the first time ever, we generated over $1 billion in operating cash flow in a quarter. This is a true testament to the innovation we built into Battlefield READ FULL…


Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment Making Its Way to PC, PS4 and Xbox One “Soon”

DICE has announced that the Community Test Environment (CTE) where players can test out new features, balance tweaks, etc., will make its way to Battlefield 1. This announcement was made on the official Battlefield website where it also mentioned that DICE is working to have the Battlefield 1 CTE available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One “as soon as we can.” It will, however, a Battlefield 1 Premium membership, though. What is the Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment? The CTE is a Battlefield 1 environment where involved players can help us test new features, improved/changed content, and experiments that aren’t yet (and may never be) ready for public release. What is the purpose of the CTE? The CTE lets us share our development process with our players, get your valuable feedback earlier, and keep improving the Battlefield 1 experience. The earlier we can get player feedback and full 64 player servers testing our latest features – the better off we’re going to be. What Battlefield 1 content will be in the CTE? Initially, the CTE will be used for testing and ensuring stability of the next Battlefield 1 update. More Battlefield 1 content will be added to the CTE later. Where and when READ FULL…


Battlefield 1’s They Shall Not Pass DLC Includes Four New Maps, Frontlines Game Mode

Releasing in March 2017, Battlefield 1’s They Shall Not Pass expansion includes four new maps, the French army (complete with the characteristic blue uniform), Frontlines game mode, Trench Raider Elite Class, new vehicles, and more. Starting with the maps, you’ll find Verdun Heights (pictured above), Fort Vaux, Soissons, and Rupture: Verdun Heights The opening barrage of the Battle of Verdun created massive forest fires in which players will fight for domination. This is an uphill battle towards the massive fortresses of Verdun. A constant grinding struggle where the artillery never stops. Where the forge and “the Devil’s Anvil” continues to consume even the bravest combatants. Fort Vaux The first big engagement inside a fort during World War 1 takes place in the dark underworld of Fort Vaux. Down in the maze of dark galleries and wet stone corridors, French and Germans fight ferociously with grenades, guns, bayonets, and flamethrowers. Watch your corners! Soissons Take part in one of the biggest tank assaults of World War 1. The French 10th Army moves to take back Soissons using their powerful Saint Chamond tanks. Planes, tanks, and infantry clash in the beautiful French countryside in the early hours of a hot summer day. READ FULL…


DICE Shares Teaser Trailer for Battlefield 1’s “They Shall Not Pass” Expansion, Info Coming Next Week

Battlefield 1 players don’t have to wait much longer to find out more about the game’s first expansion, They Shall Not Pass. Developer DICE has announced that it’ll be sharing first details on the content next week. To hold you over until then, here’s a teaser showing some game engine footage: Be ready. First details coming next week. — Battlefield (@Battlefield) January 20, 2017 They Shall Not Pass features all-new maps, new weapons, and the new playable French Army faction. According to DICE, it’ll “truly expand the theater of all-out war.” In case you haven’t already, you can check out some concept art and the studio’s explanation for what inspired the “charred landscapes, muddy trenches, and close-quarter environments” here. They Shall Not Pass is out in March 2017. Battlefield 1 Premium Pass holders will get their hands on the content first, with the rest getting it two weeks later. We’ll update our readers when DICE officially unveils the content next week. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Battlefield 1 Players Are Getting Banned For Playing Too Well

Skilled Battlefield 1 players appear to be clashing with the game’s anti-cheating measure. What exactly are they getting banned for? Being too good at the game. Advertisement FairFight is a real time cheat detection that has been used in all Battlefield games since Battlefield 3. It uses a function called Algorithmic Analysis of Player Statistics (AAPS) to compare real time players stats to the average level of skill. But some players seem to be playing so well that the system is flagging them as cheaters and banning them from the game. kL-Spazmo is a dedicated Battlefield player who got banned banned after FairFight marked him and his friend as cheaters. The two were kicked from the game during a match on Amiens where they were playing well. An avid player with over 2,800 hours in FairFight enabled titles, Spazmo had played all that time without a ban. “They were good stats, not like holy shit, that guy is cheating!” he says in the video after receiving his ban. Advertisement This is not the first time that highly skilled players have been punished for perceived READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Xbox One Backward Compatibility Gets Slammed With More Games Today

Xbox One Backward Compatibility List Expands A few days ago we told you how Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb was fed up with Xbox users repeatedly asking him on social media about whether or not Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be made available via backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. Today, another batch of Xbox 360 games has been made available on Xbox One via the console’s backward compatibility service. Unfortunately, Black Ops II is not one of them. Microsoft announced that Battlefield 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Dragon Age: Origins have joined the lineup, along with Ghostbusters and Scrap Metal. If you already own any of the games included, they should show up directly in your library, ready to be downloaded. That said Battlefield 3 will require a hard copy to work. The full list is as follows: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Battlefield 3 (requires disc) Dragon Age: Origins Ghostbusters Scrap Metal The Splatters Strania Microsoft confirmed last month that the number of titles available on the service had surpassed the 300 mark, having celebrated the milestone by offering Mistwalker’s JRPG Lost Odyssey for free to all Xbox One owners. Likewise, it was announced earlier this month…

Battlefield 1 to Receive New Custom Game on January 18, Improvement Patch in February

Before They Shall Not Pass arrives in March for Battlefield 1, DICE has announced that they’ll be releasing the Bleed Out Custom Game on January 18. A custom version of Rush, Bleed Out sees downed enemy soldiers respawning faster than usual and regenerative health is turned off. Then in February, a new Battlefield 1 update will arrive, adding gameplay improvements based on internal testing and community feedback. DICE says to expect more details on this patch in the near future. DICE also re-posted the above concept image for They Shall Pass, showcasing “the design vision DICE has gone for in one of the expansion’s four maps.” Further They Shall Not Pass news – including info on maps, gameplay, and more – should arrive soon. If you haven’t tried it out yet, the Armored Kill Custom Game is now live in Battlefield 1. It features a Scout-free, vehicle-friendly spin on Conquest. [Source: Battlefield] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Best Buy’s Deal of the Day Offers Discounts on Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2

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Battlefield 1's Christmas Truce Didn't Quite Come Together

Battlefield 1 players hoping to recreate World War One’s Christmas truce couldn’t rein back the bloodlust of those eager to kill the fresh wave of new players. Advertisement In real life, the Christmas Truce of 1914 was a near-miraculous cease fire across many fronts in World War One. It came after Pope Benedict XV suggested a brief hiatus from fighting. Soldiers put down their guns to share meals with their enemies, have snowball fights, and play soccer. In Battlefield 1, however, the killing never stopped this Christmas. Ever since a round of datamining during the game’s beta revealed the existence of a Holiday Truce dogtag, players have speculated how the truce would be handled in game. Would the servers be shut down? Would there be a snowball fight game mode? Advertisement It turns out that nothing major happened at all. While the existence of the dogtag was confirmed when DICE gave it out to players, the developers didn’t do anything else to commemorate the truce. A few brave players tried to organize their own truces instead, but nothing took hold. “Damn your truce,” one player said on the Battlefield 1 reddit. “I want my n00b harvest.” “Fuck that shit,” another…


Battlefield 1 Holiday Event Schedule Revealed by DICE

In a post on the official Battlefield website, Battlefield 1 developer DICE has announced a bunch of events for players for this upcoming holiday weekend until the end of the year. Dubbed the Battlefield 1 Holiday Event, there are custom game modes, dog tags and more. Check out the full schedule below. December 21: The new Custom Game “Blind Delivery” goes live. Tackle this unique take on the War Pigeons mode where the minimap is turned off and only handguns and explosives are allowed.  December 22: The “Holiday Truce” Dog Tag will be awarded to all players starting December 22 (one per account.) All you need to do is login to Battlefield 1 after this date and this iconic Dog Tag will be yours. December 22: Vehicle Skins are introduced to Battlefield 1. In the new Battlepacks revision you might get hold of two Heavy Tank skins: the Distinguished “SchnucK” or the Legendary “Desert Gold”. December 23 – December 29: All players that login to Battlefield 1 during this period will receive a free Battlepack (one per account.) Want to learn more about what’s inside these packs? Head to the Battlepack page. December 23 – December 29: All Battlefield 1…