If you want to test Battlefield 1 updates and Battlefield 1 DLC ahead of their release, you’ll want to look into the Battlefield 1 CTE.
As we push into 2017, DICE is changing Battlefield 1 in new and exciting ways. The developer recently released its WinterBattlefield 1 update bringing new features, tweaks and important bug fixes for lingering Battlefield 1 problems.
In March, DICE is planning to release the Battlefield 1 DLC 1 known as They Shall Not Pass. The game’s first DLC will deliver new maps, Operations, ranks, weapons, vehicles, and much, much more. It’s substantial.
While many of you will want to wait for DICE to roll out the official versions of its updates and DLC content, some of you might want to test updates and DLC ahead of time. You can do that if you signup for the Battlefield 1 CTE.
What is the Battlefield 1 CTE?
Battlefield 1 CTE stands for Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment (CTE), a place where gamers can test upcoming features and fixes ahead of an official release. It’s like a beta.
The February Battlefield 1 patch went through testing ahead of its release and you can expect future Battlefield 1 updates to be tested in the Community Test Environment as well.
A portion of the They Shall Not Pass DLC is now available in the Battlefield 1 CTE and members are now free to test the new content ahead of the expansion’s release in March.
While nothing is confirmed, we’d expect the three remaining expansions to make an appearance in the CTE later this year.
Just because a feature, tweak and or bug fix is being tested in the CTE doesn’t mean it will make it to the final version of an update or DLC expansion.
The developer notes that users will help “test new features, improved/changed content, and experiments that aren’t yet (and may never be) ready for public release.”
And before you get too excited, note that “gameplay progress, achievements, characters, character data and/or any other value or status indicators achieved in the CTE will not transfer to BF1 main game.”
How to Signup for the Battlefield 1 CTE
If you’re interested in testing updates and DLC ahead of their release you’ll want to signup for the Battlefield 1 CTE. To do that, you’ll need the Battlefield Companion app for iOS, Android or Windows Phone.
- Battlefield Companion (iOS)
- Battlefield Companion (Android)
- Battlefield Companion (Windows 10 Mobile)
Once you download the appropriate application, open it up and login with your EA account. After that, take the following steps:
- From the Main Menu, press the “Options” button (it’s a gear icon in the upper-right), and select “Community Test Environment.”
- Read the agreements and press “I Agree.”
- If your registration is successful, your Origin client will now show a new game called Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment. Download & Install it.
- Press play and you’re in the Battlefield 1 CTE.
If you’d prefer to avoid the Companion application, you can now register via the More section in-game.
— Tony Balt (@TONYonPC) February 22, 2017
Registering for the CTE doesn’t guarantee you access but EA is gradually opening up spots in the Battlefield 1 CTE so if you signup right now, and you meet the requirements, there’s a good chance you’ll get in.
Battlefield 1 CTE Cost
The Battlefield 1 CTE isn’t free. You must own a copy of the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass, a season pass that retails for $50. There are a few other requirements.
You’ll need a copy of Battlefield 1 (duh). You’ll need a persistent internet connection. When the CTE opens up for console, you’ll need an Xbox One Live Gold account or a PlayStation Plus subscription. You also need to be 18 years old or older.
Xbox One & PS4 Battlefield 1 CTE
Currently, the Battlefield 1 CTE is only available for Windows PC users. A release for Xbox One and PS4 is on the way though.
DICE hasn’t confirmed a precise Battlefield 1 CTE release date for console owners but it looks like it will open up sometime next month.
The developer says that it plans to get the Battlefield 1 CTE out to console in March and it looks like both consoles will gain access to the test environment. It’s unclear if it will be released before They Shall Not Pass arrives.
We expect the Battlefield 1 CTE to be offered as a download via the PlayStation Store/Xbox Store. Expect a fairly significant download for both platforms.
Battlefield 1 CTE Problems & Fixes
The Battlefield 1 CTE is a test environment which means there are going to be bugs, errors, and defects. If you try the content in the CTE, you’re most likely going to run into problems. Some problems you won’t be able to fix on your own.
One of the early Battlefield 1 CTE problems (and one that you can solve on your own) is an issue where the CTE isn’t showing up in Origin. Here’s how to fix that.
- Click “My Game Library.”
- Click “Filter.”
- Click “Purchased Games.”
- It should now show up.
- Favorite the CTE for easy access.
If you run into another issue, take a look at our list of fixes for common Battlefield 1 problems. You might find what you’re looking for there.
If you do run into a problem with the Battlefield 1 CTE or the content in the Battlefield 1 CTE, make sure you report it so the developer can get to work on a fix.
They Shall Not Pass Update Size
Typically, DICE releases a base game update alongside its DLC expansion packs. With They Shall Not Pass (and we assume with the next three DLC's), it's doing things a bit differently.
They Shall Not Pass is bundled into the March Battlefield 1 update. One of the reasons it did this is to "allow non-Premium members access to the content via Spectator mode."
This decision gives non-Premium members a chance to check out the maps and content before buying the DLC.
Of course, this also means that everyone is required to download a massive game file in order to continue playing Battlefield 1 and to access They Shall Not Pass content. Here is what you can expect from the March update/They Shall Not Pass for your platform:
Xbox One: 8.35GB
If you're running out of space on your console now would be a good time to do some cleanup. And if you use a wireless connection, you might want to plug your ethernet cord in to see if that helps speed up your download.