Not content with simply taking gamers back to the age of The Great War after literally years of modern and futuristic shooters, it seems Battlefield 1 is bringing another major change – this time to Battlepacks.
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Battlepacks, for the uninitiated, are essentially Battlefield’s answer to loot boxes that are rewarded to players. But loot boxes have become common place in games – everything from Overwatch to Gears of War 4 is doing it, and they have a big advantage over previous iterations of Battlepacks: They include plentiful customisation options, from character skins to player icons.
Expect to see a lot more of this type of customisation items, albeit more focused on weaponry, in Battlefield 1. According to the official site, they ‘redesigned Battlepacks from the ground up with a focus on customization. You’ll get Battlepacks for playing multiplayer matches, and when you crack one open, you’ll find an awesome Weapon Skin. Some packs may also include a piece of a craftable unique melee weapon.’
The craftable melees will be pieced together from parts found in Battlepacks, meaning once you’ve collected them all you’ll have a brand new weapon. Elsewhere, Battlefield 1 promises ‘another surprise that could be inside.’ But they’re staying schtum on that. Because it’s a surprise, see.
The next step in the process is getting rid of the junk you don’t want (because we all know how quickly that builds up). Enter the next change to how Battlefield 1 Battlepacks work:
When you receive a Weapon Skin or an item you don’t want or need you can salvage it for Scraps, an in-game currency that can then be spent on new Battlepacks. Spending Scraps is the only way of getting hold of Enhanced and Superior Battlepacks.
The final change will be the inclusion of Revisions – which changes the types of items available on a regular basis. This, too, is more in-line with today’s big multiplayer games, which need to constantly refresh and update content to keep gamers playing.
Not that players will be going in blind, as Battlefield 1 will show you which skins are part of the current Revision – a touch that will allow Battlefielders when the skin they want is available.
Reckon the new Battlepacks will be good, bad, or ugly (i.e. an excuse for further microtransactions)?
Battlefield 1 releases on 21st October.