DICE is bringing the Battlefield 1 community back together by allowing Premium Pass owners to share new maps with their less fortunate friends.
The new Premium Friends feature is the developer’s response to fan concerns that paid expansions will continue to split the community between those that have the content and those that don’t. With Premium Friends, those who haven’t paid for Premium will be able to enjoy the game’s newest maps through their Premium member friends.
Premium players will be able to invite non-Premium friends to a “Premium Enabled” party, through which the friends can play on any DLC map that the party leader can. Experience will not be gained by any non-Premium member on a map that they do not own, but all the missed experience will be retroactively rewarded if they eventually pick up that respective expansion.
Non-Premium members will not be able to spawn with weapons or vehicles unique to an expansion that they do not own, nor will they progress through equivalent medals or codexes.
The Premium Friends feature is launching in test form during the upcoming Battlefest event, which begins on March 30th. Players will get to try it out with the game’s new They Shall Not Pass expansion, which just launched as a standalone purchase for non-Premium members on March 28th.