Battlefield 1 Introduces Premium Friends System

by Robert Workman


DICE has been all about making Battlefield 1 as multiplayer friendly as possible – and with the introduction of a new feature, it looks to take that accessibility to the next level.

Detailed in a new blog post, the team has introduced a new Premium Friends system. At first, it sounds like an exclusive club for you and your buddies, but there’s actually more to it than that. 

“As a player who owns Battlefield 1 Premium Pass, you will be able to bring your friends in Battlefield 1 along to play on the new maps!” noted producer Andreas Skoglund in the post. “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’. This will allow anyone in that party to play on all maps, regardless if they own the content or not. The access is available as long as the party is ‘Premium Enabled’.”

There are still plenty of exclusive features for Premium Pass holders, Skoglund reiterated, including the following:

  • In a “Premium Enabled” party, only owners of a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or the specific expansion pack will earn XP from the maps exclusive to that expansion. We will save the XP for everyone else and grant them retroactively if they decide to get the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass for themselves.
  • Only owners of a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or the specific expansion pack will be able to spawn in with weapons and vehicles unique for the expansion.

Only owners of a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or the specific expansion pack will track progress towards the unique medals and codexes for the expansion.

The team will begin testing the Premium Friends feature starting tomorrow, when the latest Battlefest event kicks off for the game. It’ll be a good time to get some people invited over into your matches and see what the Premium Friends feature can do for you.

“Get in there and play the objective!” Skoglund concluded. Hey, that sounds like an open invite to us. We'll see you in the Battlefest!

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