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Battlefield 1 is getting a Community Test Environment

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DICE announced today (opens in new tab) that it's launching a Community Test Environment for Battlefield 1, where upcoming and experimental patches will be made available for intrepid players who want to try them first and offer feedback.

For now, the CTE will be used to test the next big update, but down the line DICE says it will include "new features, improved/changed content, and experiments that aren’t yet (and may never be) ready for public release."

"Select members in the community" and "Battlefield veterans" will be the first allowed into the CTE, and are being sent codes directly. The rest of us will have to sign up using the Battlefield 1 Companion App on iOS, Android, or Windows 10 Mobile. CTE access isn't guaranteed (though the instructions (opens in new tab) don't make it sound super exclusive) and requires ownership of the Battlefield Premium Pass, which includes all the upcoming DLC.

I've downloaded the app, but so far the signup hasn't appeared. Further investigation reveals it likely won't appear until tomorrow (opens in new tab)at the earliest.

But we at least know what we're looking forward to. On the new battlefield_live subreddit, DICE has laid out what'll be in the first CTE patch (opens in new tab). It's a big update, with a ton of bug fixes and weapon tweaks. Many will probably be happy to see that gas grenade duration has been decreased, but I'll be sad to see my noxious, irritating friends get nerfed.

The CTE will be totally separate from the regular game, so ranking and unlocks won't carry over—we'll be starting from scratch. As a little bonus, aside from testing new patches, DICE says (opens in new tab) CTE players will be treated to "exclusive events and what we like to refer to as CTE fun." I'll update this story when the signup process on the mobile app is up and running.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.