The Battlefield 1 release date is finally here. If you’re thinking about putting in an order allow us to take you through each edition of the Battlefield 1 and tell you which one you might, and might not, want to order today.
In early May, EA DICE took the stage and confirmed the next Battlefield game. Battlefield 1 follows Battlefield Hardline and it takes Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC users all the way back to World War 1.
The game features authentic weapons, tons of vehicles, a variety of maps and modes, and the all-out destruction that’s made the Battlefield series famous.
The Battlefield 1 release date is October 21st though it’ll unlock earlier if you pre-order a specific version of the game.
You can buy Battlefield 1 at a number of retailers and if you’ve thought about putting in an order you’ve no doubt encountered the game’s various editions.
Today we want to go over each of those Battlefield 1 editions and try and help you make the right choice for you and your console.
Battlefield 1 Standard Edition
As such, it delivers the least amount of content. For $60 or less, you’ll get a copy of Battlefield 1 and if you pre-order it ahead of the October release date, you’ll also get the Hellfighter Pack.
The Hellfighter Pack is a pre-order bonus that nets you a Hellfighter M1911 pistol, a Harlem Hellfighters insignia, a Hellfighter Trench Shotgun, and a Hellfighter Bolo Knife.
In addition to that, you’ll also get seven days early access to a brand new map that EA DICE will release later this year. The map is called Giant Shadow and it will arrive in December.
So who should buy this edition of Battlefield 1?
- People who don’t care about playing the game three days ahead of the October 21st release date.
- Newcomers to the Battlefield series.
It’s the safest, and cheapest, version of Battlefield 1.
Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition
If you’re willing to pay a little more for your copy of Battlefield 1, you could opt for the Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition.
The Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition, also known as the Early Enlister Edition, comes with a number of bonuses. Those bonuses come with a real cost to you though.
For $20 more you’ll get a copy of the game, early access to the upcoming map, and the Hellfighter Pack but you’ll also get early access to Battlefield 1 and more.
If you get this version, your Battlefield 1 release date is October 18th not October 21st. A full three days early.
On top of that, you’ll get two more packs, five Battlepacks that will contain a variety of items (and maybe even a rare item), and some new appearances for vehicles. Here’s how that breaks down.
- Red Baron Pack: Vehicle Package: Red Baron’s Triplane, Sidearm: Red Baron’s P08, Emblem: Red Baron’s Flyer Pin.
- Lawrence of Arabia Pack: Horse: Lawrence of Arabia’s Black Stallion (new visual appearance for the horse), Weapon: Lawrence of Arabia’s SMLE, Sidearm: Lawrence of Arabia’s Jambiya, Emblem: Lawrence of Arabia’s Emblem.
- New visual appearances for the largest vehicles in the game: Frontline Camouflage Train, Night Raid Airship, Dazzle Camouflage Dreadnought.
So who should shell out the extra cash, right now, for this edition of Battlefield 1?
- People that want early access to the game.
- People who know they are going to invest a ton of time in Battlefield 1.
- People that enjoy having more than just the base items unlocked at the start.
Battlefield 1 Collector’s Edition
Amazon is also selling an exclusive Battlefield 1 Collector’s Edition. It’ll cost you a pretty penny but it’ll net you a ton of Battlefield related stuff.
For $220 (cheaper if you have an Amazon Prime account), you’ll get a copy of the Early Enlister version of the game, early access to the upcoming map, and the Hellfighter Pack.
You’ll also get a collector’s edition statue that stands 14″ high, a deck of Battlefield 1 playing cards, a steelbook case, a messenger pigeon tube with exclusive DLC content (Doughboy M1911), an exclusive patch, and premium packaging.
This version of the game is, in our opinion, aimed at one person in particular: The diehard Battlefield fan. (Or someone who needs to have every single piece of Battlefield 1 DLC, whatever the cost.)
Most people should opt for the Standard or Deluxe edition of Battlefield 1.
Digital vs. Physical Edition
You’ll also need to decide if you want to buy a physical or digital copy of Battlefield 1. There are a few differences between the two.
If you order a digital version of the game, you’ll be able to pre-load the game ahead of its release date on October 18th/October 21st.
Pre-loading means that you’ll be able to download all of the necessary game files and play right when the game unlocks at midnight.
If you buy the physical version of the game, you won’t be able to play right at midnight unless you get lucky.
Retailers like Best Buy and Walmart will stay open late to accommodate those who pre-order but they typically don’t let anyone walk out with their copy until 12:01AM Eastern.
Also of note: If you order a digital copy of Standard or Deluxe version of the game through Sony, you’ll get a unique Battlefield 1 theme as a pre-order bonus.
If you decide to order the physical version of Battlefield 1, you’ll be able to sell it to a store like GameStop for credit toward another game. Or you can sell it for straight cash via eBay or Craigslist or another site of your choosing.
You’ll also be able to lend your copy of Battlefield 1 out to friends or family members if you grow tired of it after its release.
Note that EA won’t be selling Battlefield 1 for PC with a disc in the United States. You’ll be able to buy the box in stores but it won’t come with a disc. It’ll come with a code instead.
Battlefield 1 Problems & Update
Now that the game is out we're starting to hear about some of the early Battlefield 1 problems.
Battlefield 1 players are noticing issues with Battlepacks, issues accessing the Battlefield 1 trial, crashes, invisible players, installation issues, various issues with the weapons, texturing issues, lag, and a whole lot more. We expect complaints to continue as we push away from the game's release date.
In response to these complaints, EA DICE has issued the first Battlefield 1 update for Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC. The latest Battlefield 1 update tackles some of the glaring issues with the game's UI, graphics, and more.
For more on the October Battlefield 1 update, take a look at our roundup.