DICE is preparing a substantial Battlefield 1 update for June 2018. We don’t have an official change log just yet, but this month’s Shock Operations update will deliver a brand new game mode to try ahead of the highly anticipated Battlefield 5 release this fall.
While all eyes are currently on Battlefield 5, and rightfully so, those still playing DICE’s previous installment are in for a treat this month.
DICE isn’t planning to release any more Battlefield 1 DLC, but the developer is cooking up something special as its focus starts to shift to the next entry in the series.
The June 2018 Battlefield 1 update, also known as the Shock Operations update, was confirmed all the way back in April and it’s on track for a release sometime later this month.
In this guide we’ll take you through everything we know, and think we know, about what could very well be the last major update for Battlefield 1.
June Battlefield 1 Release Date & Time
The Shock Operations update is still planned for June, we know that for sure. That said, EA DICE still hasn’t provided a specific release date for the patch.
At this point, we expect Battlefield 5 to dominate the headlines for a few days while the company showcases the new game during its EA Play 2018 event. EA Play kicks off on June 9th and features a playable demo of Battlefield 5’s multiplayer mode.
We could see the Battlefield 1 update drop during EA Play 2018, but there’s also a good chance the company uses this time to promote Battlefield 5 and other upcoming titles with a release coming later in the month once things have died down.
We don’t have a specific release date to share just yet, but we can tell you what to expect from the June update’s release time for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
EA typically confirms an update’s release the day before it starts rolling out and those announcements typically come with a specific release time.
The company’s used a very specific release pattern for Battlefield 1 updates so you can expect the June release time to include server downtime and look something like this:
- PC – Multiplayer offline for 1h starting at 0800 UTC / 1AM PDT
- PS4 – Multiplayer offline for 1h starting at 0900 UTC / 2AM PDT.
- Xbox One – Multiplayer offline for 1h starting at 1000 UTC / 3AM PDT.
You can also expect a fairly sizable download. Most Battlefield 1 updates are 1+GB for all three platforms and given what’s on board this patch, we’re expecting a large file.
If your hard drive is close to capacity, now would be a good time to start cleaning it up.
The biggest addition coming in the June patch is a new game mode called Shock Operations. Shock Operations is an offshoot of Battlefield 1’s popular Operations game mode.
Shock Operations mode supports 40 players and sees attackers and defenders battling over sectors across one map instead of multiple maps.
This should make it the ideal choice for those that want to play Operations, but don’t have the time to commit to a full Operation.
Most of these maps come from Battlefield 1’s DLC expansions, but base game owners will be able to access them while playing Shock Operations.
If you want access to these maps across all of Battlefield 1’s game modes you will need to purchase the Premium Pass, buy a DLC a la carte, or wait for a free Premium Trial.
Shock Operations is the big addition this month, but you can also expect the developer to include fixes for lingering bugs and tweaks to gameplay.
Thanks to a new release in the PC CTE, we’ve got a read on the bug fixes coming in this month’s patch. The preliminary list includes:
- Fixed an issue where players couldn’t equip the Fiamme Verdi skin on the Cei-Rigotti Factory
- Fixed an issue where players couldn’t equip the Desert Dweller skin on the Russian 1895
- Fixed an issue where players were occasionally disconnecting
- Fixed an issue where players would occasionally disconnect after spawning as a pilot
- Fixed an issue where the screen would remain red, if the player died out of bounds as the Operation transitioned to the next wave
- Fixed an issue where the player’s character would occasionally twitch after being revived a second time
- Fixed an issue where the player would encounter a ricochet effect that was excessively high on the secondary color multiplier
- Fixed an issue where the Autoloading 8.25 Extended would preform a full reload after a few shots were fired
- Fixed an issue where the Gas Mortar rounds from an artillery truck did not have enemy grenade markers in the UI
- Fixed an issue where the required experience points to rank up to 141 was excessively high
- Fixed an issue where the vegetation would flicker when field of view was set higher than 93
- Corrected an error that displayed incorrect criteria for unlocking some “Staying Focused” Service Assignments
- Fixed an issue where German soldiers were occasionally playing British callout voice over lines in Operations
- Fixed an issue where deaths by the Livens Projector was not displayed correctly in Capporetto
- Fixed an issue where players were taking little damage from the Livens Projector while standing in the area of effect
- Fixed an issue where players sprinting while entering a vehicle would end up in a state that would not allow them to fire their weapons
- Fixed an issue where only one track was working while operating the Mark V rear gun
- Fixed an issue where player weapons were occasionally displayed incorrectly in the Best Squad screen
- Fixed an issue where an unpleasant clicking noise would play when the player was driving a vehicle in and out of tunnels/buildings
- Fixed the HUD from displaying 0 ammo when equipping a melee weapon
- Fixed an issue where the Elite kits were incorrectly named in Fort De Vaux when they were awarded to attackers in an Operation
- Fixed an issue where the second fire icon was missing from the Ground Support and Tank Hunter Attack Planes
- Fixed an issue where the spot flare icon was missing for the Ground Support and Attack Planes in the customize and in game HUD
- Fixed an issue where the player could get stuck under a destroyed Assault Truck in Lupkow Pass
- Fixed an issue where the BAR M1918A2 was clipping through the character’s hand when laying prone
- Fixed an issue where the player would encounter an infinite icon in the HUD while playing the Single Player War Stories
- Fixed an issue where all squads would appear as friendly in the Best Squad screen
- Fixed an issue where the sling swivel was floating when reloading the Annihilator Trench
- Added a cooldown element in the HUD for the mortar
- Added a squad leader icon to the Best Squad screen
- Added the Welsh Blade to the Frontend Customize menu
- Corrected a misspelling in the Fedorov-Degtyarev description
- Corrected a misspelling in the Sniper Scope DOF description
- Improved stability
DICE is still tracking, and fixes, numerous Battlefield 1 problems and you can get a feel for its progress over on the Battlefield Bug Tracker.
In addition to Shock Operations and bug fixes, the June patch will likely deliver changes to the game’s weapons and weapons system. The list currently includes:
- New M1911 Silenced
- New Burton LMR
- New Annihilator Storm
- General Liu Rifle Storm now has an alternate fire mode
On top of that, Tanker and Pilot weapons will now be available to the Assault and Support classes now.
Those testing the update in the CTE also discovered some unlisted changes. According to testers, the cool down timer on gadgets works similar to the one on Calvary gadgets. It also looks like the radium iron-sight version of Arisaka now cycles the bolt automatically like the game’s other infantry bolt-actions.
It’s unclear if those changes will make it into the final version of the update.
With Battlefield 5 on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that the June patch will be the last of DICE’s monthly updates for Battlefield 1.
At this point it’s unclear what this means for Battlefield 1 moving forward. We do expect support for Battlefield 1 to continue, but you can expect updates to be far more sporadic as the company shifts its resources to Battlefield 5.
DICE is planning to launch a Battlefield 5 alpha in the near future followed by an open Battlefield 5 beta ahead of the game’s release date this fall.
Battlefield 5 launches in November on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
Pre-Order if You Want to Play Battlefield 5 ASAP
If you want to play Battlefield 5 the second it goes live you'll want to pre-order a very specific copy of the game.
Pre-ordering the game's Deluxe Edition will grant you three days early access to the final version of the game in October.
Those who pre-order the regular version of the game ($60) will get access to Battlefield 5 on October 19th while those who pay a little bit more for the Deluxe Edition ($80) will get access to the game on October 16th.
If you want to play even earlier than that, you should think about getting an EA Access (Xbox) or Origin Access (PC) account.
The Battlefield 5 Play First Trial for EA Access and Origin Access members opens up on October 11th. Both require a paid subscription, but they'll give you the earliest access to the game.
If you think you might want to start ranking up your character the second Battlefield 5 goes live, think about putting in a pre-order.