Battlefield 1 (opens in new tab) will let you customize your semi-historical soldiers with Battlepacks, just like Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline. But they worked a little bit differently back in the Great War: instead of offering an assortment of items like weapon grips and XP boosters, each Battlepack is guaranteed to include a weapon skin. On top of that, a pack could also hold a part for a special melee weapon and another unspecified boon.
Melee weapons are a much bigger deal (opens in new tab) in Battlefield 1, and it looks like EA is leaning into that by letting players build their own. It does make me wonder if the melee weapons assembled with these parts will be more powerful than their vanilla cousins or if they'll just look more exotic. Ooh, speaking of exotic, they could even have cryptic flavor text like in Destiny (opens in new tab)! "A jeweled shovel better suited for digging royal graves than our ignoble purposes."
According to Battlefield 1's official site (opens in new tab), you can earn Battlepacks by playing multiplayer matches, which is pretty standard. No mention was made of optional microtransactions to buy fat stacks of 'packs, though that was an option for both 4 and Hardline, so I'd be surprised if it wasn't one here. Especially since the Premium Pass (opens in new tab) comes with 14 of them.
Seen something newsworthy? Tell us!