A September Battlefield 1 update is imminent and today we want to go over a few things you can expect from the next Battlefield 1 patch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
DICE is gearing up to release its second piece of Battlefield 1 DLC, an expansion that goes by the name of In the Name of the Tsar.
In the Name of the Tsar has been in the works for several months and we’ve seen its content emerge at E3 2017, at Gamescom, and in the Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment (CTE). Its release has been a long time coming.
DICE hasn’t outlined its plans in detail but you can expect the company to deliver the new DLC inside of a game update. This is how the developer packaged its first DLC, They Shall Not Pass, in March.
Today we want to outline what we know, and think we know, about the Battlefield 1 September patch. Our walkthrough will take you through the release time, download size, and a quick peek at what you can expect from DICE and Battlefield 1 after the DLC arrives.
In the Name of the Tsar arrives on September 5th for those who hold the game’s Premium Pass. The DLC’s content might be limited to season pass holders but don’t expect the September update itself to be limited to Premium Pass owners.
We expect the In the Name of the Tsar update to be a mandatory update for all Battlefield 1 players. This is how DICE delivered They Shall Not Pass in March.
Forcing everyone to download the update will ensure that everyone, not just In the Name of the Tsar owners, will see In the Name of the Tsar’s content in-game.
It will also allow non-Premium Pass holders to use spectator mode to view the DLC’s content and make it easy for anyone to purchase the DLC when it goes on sale on September 19th.
If you haven’t already, it might be a good idea to flip automatic updates on before you go to bed on September 4th or leave for work on September 5th.
DICE will almost certainly bring its multiplayer servers down in order to implement the DLC and the September patch. This is standard practice.
The developer will most likely confirm the precise release time on Monday but here’s what you can expect on Monday morning or evening, depending on where you live:
- PC: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 08.00 UTC / 12.00 AM PT.
- PS4: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 10.00 UTC / 2.00 AM PT.
- Xbox One: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 12.00 UTC / 4.00 AM PT.
September Battlefield 1 Update Size
It’s difficult to predict that exact size of the September update and In the Name of the Tsar but you can expect it to take up several gigabytes of space on your console or PC.
They Shall Not Pass, which arrived with four maps and a ton of other content, required more than 5GB of space. Here’s how it broke down:
- PS4: 7.3GB
- Xbox One: 8.35GB
- PC: 5.88GB
Unless DICE breaks them up, we expect In the Name of the Tsar to arrive with five maps and lots of other content including new Operations and a new game mode called Supply Drop.
We expect it to be bigger than They Shall Not Pass and wouldn’t be surprised to see the download size come close to 10GB for console.
The September update’s crown jewel will obviously be In the Name of the Tsar and its content. For a full breakdown of In the Name of the Tsar’s content, take a look at our roundup. It goes over the weapons, vehicles, Russian army, Operations, maps, and more.
In addition to In the Name of the Tsar, the September patch could deliver a few tweaks and bug fixes for lingering problems with the base game and its DLC.
They Shall Not Pass’ update was extensive, and delivered a long list of game improvements. In the Name of the Tsar’s list might be a bit smaller given that DICE’s patched up many issues in its monthly updates but we could still see some tweaks to the game’s balance and bug fixes for issues that popped up after the Lupkow Pass update.
If you can’t wait until Tuesday, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common Battlefield 1 problems.
What to Expect Next
You can expect DICE to stay busy once In the Name of the Tsar and the September patch roll out.
The company is hosting a closed alpha in September for those that signed up for its new five on five Incursions competitive game mode. The deadline for signups was August 26th.
After that, we expect to hear more about the company’s plans for October which include major updates for the popular Operations game mode.
We also expect to start hearing a bit more about Turning Tides which is still slated to arrive in December.
DICE reportedly has some amazing stuff planned for the Battlefield 1 CTE so be sure to keep an eye out in the weeks ahead.
In the Name of the Tsar Size
In the Name of the Tsar is now available, in full, to those of you who own the Premium Pass.
If you own the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass you'll simply need to download the latest Battlefield 1 update to unlock the rest of the DLC's content. The update is mandatory for all Battlefield 1 players.
If you're planning to play Battlefield 1 today or in the near future, here's what you can expect from the In the Name of the Tsar update's size. It's a huge download for all three platforms.
Xbox One: 10.1GB
If you've skipped Battlefield 1 updates from previous months, you'll require even more space on your console's hard drive.
If you're running out of space on your system, you'll need to cleanup your hard drive. And if your connection can be slow, you might want to plug in an ethernet cord.