Battlefield 1’s Latest Update Adds Spectator Mode

by Robert Workman


Even though we’re already getting a massive Battlefield 1 update that introduces a new DLC map (Giant’s Shadow) and the cool grenade crossbow weapon, that isn’t stopping the developers at DICE from adding other cool stuff within the game.

The company posted a new blog entry on its official page, detailing other changes that will be coming with the new update. Perhaps the biggest – at least, to esports fans – is a new Spectator Mode. This enables players to sit in and watch a battle as it happens, switching between first and third-person camera angles from players in action, as well as a bird’s eye view that lets you look at the action from above. There’s also a “Free Cam,” which lets you move anywhere on the map during a fight, in case you want to see another part of the action.

DICE will also add a new option for Custom Games, which will limit classes to using only one rifle – whichever one players start with – once activated. “These weapons are not equipped with optics, and are intended to provide players with gameplay inspired by the WW1 trenches,” the developer noted about the new option.

It will also balance the effect of some shotguns, so they aren’t quite the heavy-hitters that they’ve been since launch. DICE intends to “(even) out advantages and disadvantages of each shotgun type,” since some packed too much of a punch at “certain distances”. This includes reducing the buckshot range for the M97 Trench Gun, the Model 10-A, and the Sawed Off Shotgun. Syringe cooldown will also see some tweaking as well.

The update drops tomorrow for Battlefield Premium Members, and everyone else next week, on December 20th. If you want an early look at the new map and Grenade Crossbow, tune in to the company’s livestream today, which starts at 1 PM PDT. You can watch it here.

Battlefield 1 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.