This isn’t no ordinary update. I call this “The Fan Service Update.” With the main focus being “Platoons” and other great new features. Here is some of the highlights:
Get ready to team up. Introducing the first wave of Platoons features for Battlefield 1. It’s something a lot of players have been asking for, including me. The focus in this initial release is to add some of the core and most essential Platoons features, such as the Platoon Tag, while building a robust system that can continue to expand and improve going forward.
Below is an overview of what’s available in this initial release:
Name – This is required and must be 3-24 characters. Names are not exclusive.
Tag – This is required and consists of 1-4 alpha-numerical characters. Tags are not exclusive.
Description – This is optional and can be up to 256 characters long. Use this to describe your Platoon however you see fit.
Emblem – You can choose an emblem for the Platoon from your own personal Emblem gallery. The emblem is then “copied” to the Platoon, meaning that if you later update your own emblem, it’s not automatically reflected in the Platoon emblem.
Access Type – This selection defines how other players can and cannot join your Platoon:
- Open – Anyone can join the Platoon instantly.
- Apply-to-Join – Anyone can apply; Platoon members with permissions can accept or reject applications.
- Closed – No one can join the Platoon while in this state.
General – This is the highest Platoon rank and there can only be one General in the Platoon at any one time. The creator will initially get this rank, but can transfer it to someone else (which must be done if you want to leave the Platoon). The General has access to everything, including the option to change name, tag, and even disband the Platoon.
Colonel – Colonel is the second-highest rank and has access to most Platoon management tools, such as editing the description, emblem, and the access type. This means they can step in for the General most of the time.
Lieutenant – The Lieutenant is the lowest level rank with management permissions. Mainly their ability is to accept or reject Platoon applications, if the Platoon is set to “Apply-to-Join”, as well as link their Rented Servers to the Platoon.
Private – Private is the initial rank any new member gets in the Platoon. This rank doesn’t give you access to anything, besides the fact that you are now a member of the Platoon and can represent it and join other members playing. As a rule of thumb, you can always promote someone else to one rank lower than your own, and demote or kick members that are one rank or lower than your own. Rank permissions also always stack, so if you’re promoted you can know for certain that you have the same access as before – and more.
Find & Join – Platoons is all about playing together. In the “Find Platoon” section, you will sometimes get a list of recommended Platoons to join, which is currently based on other Platoons that your friends are representing. Once you’ve found a Platoon, its access type will determine how easy it is for you to join. Maybe you can simply join it right away, or you must apply. If you’re unlucky it’s closed, and that’s that.
Representing and Playing with Your Platoon – For many players, representing your Platoon is what it’s all about and we have tried to make this process easy, smooth, and awesome with the new system. First, you can always only represent one Platoon at any given time, and you can also choose not to represent any. You will retain your membership and rank in the Platoon; it’s basically just something you toggle. When you represent a Platoon, its tag will automatically be displayed in front of your name and its emblem will automatically be displayed wherever your emblem is usually displayed. This essentially “overrides” your equipped emblem; when you represent a Platoon, we want you to really represent it.
Besides having the tag and emblem, if you fill up a squad with other players that represent the same Platoon, the squad will automatically be renamed to the Platoon’s name. Furthermore, if your represented Platoon contributed the most to a Flag Capture (with at least two members present), a pennant carrying your Platoon emblem will be shown on the flag pole. More bragging rights for you.
They currently employ limitations of 100 members per Platoon – if your group is more than 100 people, they suggest you create more Platoons with the same name, tag, emblem and description – and you can at max be a member of 10 Platoons. This includes pending applications; if you are a member of 8 Platoons and have 2 Platoons with pending applications to join, you will not be able to join or apply for any other Platoon unless you leave a Platoon or cancel an application. Increasing these limits are something we will consider going forward.
One of the primary focus areas has also been to more easily facilitate playing together in groups, so we’ve added the ability to always see where your Platoon is playing and join them.
Medic Revive Intent
If you’ve ever played as a Medic, dashing through hailstorms of bullets and explosions disregarding your own safety to get to a fallen team mate, only to have them “skip” at the very last second, you know how frustrating it can be.
You can now “spot” the dead player to indicate that you are on your way to them. The player will see your name blinking in the death screen and show as “incoming medic”. The medic will also shout that he is coming.
If they decide to skip anyway, they didn’t deserve to be saved in the first place.
Other feedback from the community is that more weapons are wanted. And they agreed! With this update, they’re introducing four new weapon variants – one for each class:
Hellriegel 1915 Defensive
Selbstlader 1906 Sniper
Huot Automatic Optical
Martini Henry Sniper
Complete special weapon assignments to unlock each weapon.
There is much more info right here that also discuss some patch updates, bug fixes and other improvements to the core game. It is encouraging to see that the boys at DICE listening to the community. I can’t wait to create the CRACK SKULL CREW PLATOON! So get this update as soon as possible!