As seen on Twit­ter today, though on Bat­tle­field 1’s web­site, pro­duc­er Andreas Skoglund announced a new and awe­some addi­tion to Bat­tle­field 1.

It is titled Pre­mi­um Friends, and allows play­ers who have the Bat­tle­field 1 Pre­mi­um Pass will be able to bring friends along with them on the new maps. This will start tomor­row on March 30th, so if you hold a Pre­mi­um Pass you may notice your par­ty will become “Pre­mi­um Enabled”. This will actu­al­ly allow any­one in that par­ty who does not have the pass access to all the maps. 

How­ev­er, this does not grant all access to every­thing, Bat­tle­field 1 Pre­mi­um Pass mem­bers still have exclu­sive expe­ri­ences through the pass. These include:

  • 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.

This is only a test run, but was imple­ment­ed because of the feed­back from the play­ers. DICE expects, and wants, to hear plen­ty of feed­back from every­one on the Pre­mi­um Friends. Hope­ful­ly, this will cre­ate a sort of shock wave, mak­ing oth­er mul­ti­play­er games real­ize how impor­tant it is to be able to play with your friends. Though it is a test peri­od, they will most like­ly make changes or remove it alto­geth­er.