Long-awaited details around the Battlefield 1 Winter Update were revealed today through a livestream with developers.
As with the Fall Update, there are a mass of changes coming to weapons, vehicles, and more.
Here are the some of the biggest highlighted points coming with BF1's Winter Update.
There are 20 different ribbons you can collect — each one granting 300XP. All the ribbons will be active at all times, giving players more ways to get extra experience and good feedback when playing well. You'll have to complete criteria required to complete them, but there's no limit to how many you can get and how many times you can earn them.
You'll never have to select them before playing to earn them, they can be earned by just playing.
The developers are also increasing experience gain through the Elite Codex. Eight primary weapons will have one, but you'll have to kill 500 enemies to unlock it. You'll receive the Elite Codex as well as 25,000XP as a bonus. You'll also unlock the "elite" version of that weapon.
Each Elite Codex will also provide plenty of historical background on the chosen weapons.
Here are the weapons you can unlock Elite Codices with:
- M1897 Trench Gun
- Automatico M1918
- Selbstlader M1916
- M1907 SL
- Gewehr M.95
- Madsen MG
- SMLE MKIII
- Benet Mercie
There are two for each class at the moment. Many more will come in the new updates.
At the moment players will not be able to display these ribbons on their characters, but DICE announced they are working on ways players can customize their in-game soldiers. They have added dogtags and icons which you can add to your character's kill card with the Battlefield 1 Winter Update.
Map Votes and Private Server Security
At the end of each game, the next map can be voted on — there won't be a random rotation of maps anymore.
What's more, private servers (RSP) will have security upgrades as well as the ability to kick players off your server. Anyone, even developers, who joins the server can be kicked through the menu.
Increased Max Rank
Every class is getting a max rank increase to 50 — a massive jump from 10. You can unlock these icons as you rank up that will show up on your kill card.
In addition, more dogtags are being added based for each class. From rank 0-10 you'll get the base color dog tags, rank 10-24 is bronze, 25-49 is silver, and only at rank 50 will you get the gold dog tags.
As with any update, there will be many tweaks and improvements to weapons, vehicles, and the UI. You can find the complete list of tweaks here.
These are not the only things DICE has been developing for these past few months. The first expansion to Battlefield 1, They Shall Not Pass, adds in the French army, new weapons, new tanks, and new maps. You can find all the information about the new DLC here.
The Battlefield 1 Winter Update should be available on February 14 and the first expansion, They Shall Not Pass, is slated for March.