EA has added in a new program to the premium owners of Battlefield 1. Its Battlefield 1 Premium Friends program allows players that are in the Battlefield 1 Premium program to share the various maps they have in the game with all of their friends. Apparently, the decision is in response to fan feedback.
According to said feedback, many fans were becoming concerned over the amount of players that had new content, and those that didn’t. Past Battlefield games have had the servers dividing players between those that had other DLC maps, and those that didn’t.
This often split up friends and their parties because some people didn’t have DLC maps and couldn’t afford them.
Some other shooter games end up giving players new maps and content for free (such as Titanfall 2, which is giving out all of its downloadable content for free). However, if EA did this, they would have to come up with a way to make more money.
This debate becomes even more relevant since EA has launched Battlefield 1’s first paid expansion, “They Shall Not Pass.”
They Shall Not Pass finally brings in the French Army to the game and adds a number of maps to the game. These maps mainly take place during the Battle of Verdun, one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the war.
With the Battlefield 1 Premium Friends program, the issue will at least be somewhat mitigated. However, that still leaves people that either aren’t Premium members or aren’t friends with Premium members out of the mix.
Hopefully EA will find some way to help everyone and not just people that are a part of the Battlefield 1 Premium Friends program. In the meantime, you might want to consider saving up to buy They Shall Not Pass and the rest of the DLC, so you can play it with your friends.