Console Battlefield 1 players might have something to celebrate soon.
If you’ve been experiencing jealousy over the fact that PC players get access to new maps and modes in the Community Test Environment before you, then you’ll be happy to hear that CTE on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is “so close now,” according to a developer.
The news comes from a post on the Battlefield 1 CTE subreddit, where one of the developers, going by the username “tiggr,” responded to a question asking when CTE was finally arriving on consoles.
Developer DICE launched the Battlefield 1 CTE in early 2017 to test new maps, gameplay changes and balances, bug fixes, and weapons. Recently, CTE players have been able to test out the new night maps, fire developer-exclusive guns, and play the Frontlines game mode on the original maps.
Player feedback from the CTE has been a major factor in the changes DICE makes in its monthly Battlefield 1 updates, but so far it’s only been available to PC players, leaving a large majority of the game’s player base without a voice. As of April 2017, Battlefield 1 has only sold 740,000 copies on PC, whereas it’s sold 6.9 million on PS4 and 4.74 million on Xbox One, according to estimates from VGChartz.
You may be wondering why, if there are so many more console players than PC players, DICE hasn’t introduced the CTE to consoles already. The problem with introducing a program like Battlefield’s CTE to consoles is that consoles require certification for new code added to games. It’s easier on PC, where DICE hosts Battlefield 1 on its parent company EA’s Origin client. But Microsoft and Sony are way more stringent when it comes to certifying new code, making the constant updates that CTE receives a logistical burden. Battlefield insider Westie does a good job of explaining the issue in the below video (via MSPowerUser):
We’re expecting to hear more about the CTE on console, as well as Battlefield 1‘s upcoming DLC, In the Name Tsar, at EA Play on June 10th. We recently learned that the female soldiers that DICE promised we’d get in the upcoming DLC will be represented by the Russian scout class, so we’re looking forward to hearing more news about the future of the popular World War I shooter in the next few days.
Source: PVP Live