Now would be a good time to prep for the August update and Lupkow Pass. DICE’s released the new patch, and the first In the Name of the Tsar map, for Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC.
As we push through August your attention should be on In the Name of the Tsar and DICE’s August patch, also known as the Lupkow Pass update.
The August patch brings more than bug fixes, balance tweaks, and enhancements. The newly released Battlefield 1 update also the first map from the upcoming In the Name of the Tsar DLC. The rest of the In the Name of the Tsar DLC arrives sometime in September.
The Lupkow Pass update is a mandatory patch for all Battlefield 1 players and not just Premium Pass holders. If you want to continue playing Battlefield 1 you have to download it onto your console of choice.
Unsurprisingly, the August patch is a massive download for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC and some of you might run into problems when you try and download it. If you haven’t started up Battlefield 1 in awhile, the process could take a lot longer because you’ll need to download updates you missed along the way.
Now that the update is here we want to help you get into Lupkow Pass and the other content as quickly and efficiently as possible. These tips should help.
Clean Up Your Hard Drive
The August patch is huge so you might need to do some cleanup before you download it onto your Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows PC.
If you’ve got a ton of free space saved up, you’re probably good to go. If you’re nearing your hard drive’s threshold, you might have to make some tough decisions about what to keep and what to delete.
The Lupkow Pass update commands 6GB, or so, of free space on your console or PC. The exact size will depend on your console and region.
If you’re struggling with storage, it might be a good idea to invest in an external hard drive. There are a ton of inexpensive options out there but this 2TB portable external hard drive from Seagate is a solid, and affordable, choice.
Prepare For the Download
If you want to play right now, make sure you’re prepared for the download.
If your wireless connection can be slow or if the speeds often fluctuate, we recommend plugging an ethernet cord directly into the back of your Xbox One, PS4, or Windows PC. This could help speed things up.
If you aren’t going to be home, it might be a good idea to turn your console’s automatic updates on.
With automatic updates turned on, the August patch will download while you’re sleeping or out at school/work and you’ll be able to jump right in once you hop on.
How to Download the August Battlefield 1 Update
If you don’t want to turn automatic downloads on, you’ll need to manually update. Again, the Lupkow Pass update is a mandatory patch for all three platforms.
To get the download started, turn your console on and start up Battlefield 1. You should be prompted to install the latest patch(es). If you skipped any of the recent patches, you’ll be forced to download the contents of those patches to your hard drive.
As a reminder, Lupkow Pass is baked into the base game update. It’s not a standalone download on the Xbox One Marketplace or PlayStation Store.
Where to Find the August Battlefield 1 Update Change Log
DICE’s released the full change and you can find the official notes posted right here on the company’s website.
Get Familiar with Lupkow Pass
If you haven’t done so already now would be a great time to start getting familiar with Lupkow Pass.
Lupkow Pass debuted at EA Play 2017 in June. More recently, DICE released the map onto the Battlefield 1 CTE for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
If you failed to gain access to the Battlefield 1 CTE (it requires ownership of the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass) you might want to get a feel for the map before you jump in.
We’ve seen a steady stream of Lupkow Pass videos emerge and they’re worth a look if you’re still invested in Battlefield 1.
Get Familiar with Frontlines
DICE recently tested the Frontlines game mode on Ballroom Blitz and Monte Grappa in the Battlefield 1 CTE. As expected, Frontlines extends to both maps in the August update.
If you don’t own They Shall Not Pass and you haven’t played Frontlines (you really should), it might be a good idea to get familiar with how it works. That way you’re prepared.
The developer’s released an excellent overview of Frontlines and it’s worth a look if you’re unfamiliar. The video is less than two minutes long and it’ll get you caught up to speed.
As a reminder, the Frontlines game mode recently expanded to two non-They Shall Not Pass maps, Amiens and Argonne Forest.
Research the Premium Pass
As expected, Lupkow Pass is limited to Premium Pass holders. This will continue for a few more weeks, up until the DLC is released as a standalone piece of content.
If you want to play it (and the rest of In the Name of the Tsar’s content) right now, it might be a good time to look into the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass.
The Premium Pass gives you two weeks early access to In the Name of the Tsar (and the upcoming Battlefield DLCs) and it lets you play Lupkow Pass right now.
DICE’s Premium Trials will give those who don’t own the Premium Pass a chance to try DLC maps for free but these events will be timed and sporadic.
If you want early and permanent access to Lupkow Pass, In the Name of the Tsar, and the rest of the Battlefield 1 DLC content, the Premium Pass is worth a look.
Be Ready for Problems
DICE’s August patch and Lupkow Pass both went through testing, both public and private, but neither will be perfect.
Once you download the patch onto your system, there’s a very good chance you’ll run into a problem with the map, with performance, or with another part of the game. Issues popup after every Battlefield 1 update.
It’s difficult to predict what problems you’ll see so you should prepare. To help, we’ve put together a list of fixes for common Battlefield 1 problems. It’s a solid resource and worth bookmaking.
If you do run into a problem with the new patch remember to report whatever you see to DICE. This way, its engineers can get to work on fixes.
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.