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Battlefield 1 passes 25 million players as North Sea content launches

Battlefield 1 came out on October 21, 2016, and has garnered a significant player following since then. The game has sold millions of units and has a substantial player base which remains active across Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.

Today, EA released its quarterly financial results in which it stated that Battlefield 1 has been played by more than 25 million gamers. Note that this is a player count and not sales figures because the number includes individuals who bought a used copy, game share on their consoles, or probably played during a free trial period. While sales numbers are in the millions, it's hard to pinpoint an exact amount because of these variables.

EA attributes this success to the fact that the game has been discounted numerous times since launch and has received aggressive post-launch support. For example, today Battlefield 1 received new content for the game's third expansion called Turning Tides. The first part of the expansion was released last month, and the new North Sea items are being rolled out to Premium Pass members today.

Battlefield 1 not only features an expansive multiplayer mode, but it also contains a campaign that puts you in the shoes of soldiers across Europe and North Africa. Players can participate in massive battles or test their combat proficiency in smaller arenas. The war is fought not only on the ground, but also in the air as you can pilot many historical aircraft and shoot your enemies down.

In our review of the game, we said, "after years of creating expansive warzones, Battlefield 1 has emerged as one of DICE's greatest titles to date. In terms of raw gameplay mechanics, a range of new concepts has been put in play, shaping a truly outstanding first-person shooter." If you're looking for a multiplayer game to sink countless hours into, then Battlefield 1 is worth a shot.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

10 Comments
  • Epic game. But, I have not played for months.
  • same here... After installing PUBG, totally neglected this one.
  • So are all these people playing campaign as they sure as hell are not showing up on multi-player. The majority of server's are empty or waiting times to get out beyond 10 minutes.
  • They must all be playing PUBG.  
  • Agreed with the others here. For years I was an avid battlefield player, but for some reason this latest release became boring within the first few months
  • WW1 guns just aren't that interesting to me.
  • Me too. That is what keeps me from getting this game. I don't like single shot bolt action rifles. 
  • Where's the Xbox one x enhancements EA (that's what I'd yell if I were on the call)
  • Exactly, if they release an X patch I'll play.
  • I wish that it was available on Xbox one X