Really exciting news was announced today by Dice, as they revealed their plans to allow everyone the opportunity to play newly released maps, even if they don’t own Premium.
They call it “premium friends” and what it basically does is allow anyone with the Battlefield 1 Premium services to host in-game parties, and as long as someone is a part of that party session they will be able to play on the new maps when the host selects them. Access to the maps is available as long as the party is “premium enabled”. This means no more errors telling you someone doesn’t own the Premium pass.
Do note, there are some disadvantages as to not owning the pass as listed below.
- 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.
A test run of the feature will begin March 30th during Battlefest.