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Battlefield 1 'Premium Friends' enables DLC map sharing

DICE is testing a new "Premium Friends" feature in Battlefield 1 that lets players who own the game's Premium Pass invite their friends to play on paid-for DLC maps

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 30, 2017

1 Min Read

DICE is testing a new "Premium Friends" feature in Battlefield 1 that lets Premium Pass owners invite their friends to play on paid-for DLC maps -- even if they don't actually own the required map pack.

It seems like a sensible way of stamping out matchmaking friction encountered by groups of players who've purchased different content.

"When creating a party in Battlefield 1 you may notice something new: if someone owns a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass the party will become 'Premium Enabled'," reads a Battlefield blog post. "This will allow anyone in that party to play on all maps, regardless if they own the content or not."

As you'd imagine, the system does have some caveats designed to incentivize the purchase of DLC further down the line.

For example, in a Premium Enabled party only those who actually own a Premium Pass or the correct expansion will earn XP from games. DICE will save up the XP accumulated by everyone else and dish it out once they've purchased the respective map pack.

What's more, map-exclusive weapons, vehicles, codexes, and medals will only be available to those who've purchased the relevant expansion pack, meaning those piggybacking players won't have access to the full experience. 

DICE will trial the Premium Friends feature during the upcoming Battlefest, which starts on March 30.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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